I got some great news this week! Finally got my income tax refund back and got the go ahead to spend it on new toys/tools! I’ve been researching and and contemplating and decided to finally take the plunge into turning.
I want to say thanks to everybody who takes the time to post reviews. That has really been a great help in deciding not only what wouldn’t be worth the money but what might be a good fit for my budget and needs.
Anyway, Staurday I am going first to HF and getting the Central Machinery lathe. Thanks to dbhost and dustbunny, I’ve read and re-read the review and comments countless times while thinking about getting a lathe. I may even get the HF turning tools until I decide what to get for the long run. The lathe just went back on sale for $249.99 and I have a 20% off coupon, that makes it $216 after taxes.
Next, is Woodcraft. I want a chuck and Woodriver has a self-centering 4-jaw that has gotten a good review from Charles Neil that will fit in my budget. I also want the wavy-edged bowl sanding set for my routed bowls as well as other projects.
Finally, it’s off to Rockler. After agonizing over whether or not I NEEDED a sharpening system I found I had a 15% off coupon for Rockler that came with a magazine subscription of mine. That gets me a Work Sharp 3000 for $184 after taxes.
Needless to say, I can’t wait for Saturday! Once I get home and get some time to let it sink in and to get familiar with my new purchases, I will let you know how it went!
-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts