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Guys and Gals,

I bought a Jet JWL-1236 a few months back, built the base cabinet, bolted it on and the piled shop supplies on it, I suppose in an effort to forget that I had it.

Lately I have been thinking of a few projects that could benefit from a Lathe and wanted to learn how. As a disclaimer, I have never turned anything and would like a bit of education before I just start spinning stock.

I recall seeing a review about a book or video that was a basic introduction to turning, nothing exotic or advanced, just how to do it safely and what the different tools are used for.

Does anyone recall this? Any recommendations would help, I’m not close to any Woodcraft stores so a class would be a last resort, unless there’s someone close to New Milford CT that would trade pizza for a lesson or two.

Thanks in advance,

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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#1 posted 1777 days ago

There are a lot of good books and DVDs on turning. I suggest you see if there is a woodturning club in your area. My local woodturning club has a library of books and dvds available for members to check out. In addition, each meeting someone gives a demostration on some aspect of turning. These demostrations are video taped and added to the library. Plus the other members are always more than happy to help a new member learn. Woodturning clubs are a great way to get started in woodturning. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#2 posted 1776 days ago

Here is a site that may be helpful:

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#3 posted 1776 days ago

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#4 posted 1776 days ago

I’m also a new turner. I got my JET JWL-1220VS on 09/02/09.

Get Lathe 101 by Norm Abrams on the New Yankee Workshop site. It’s a good basic intro to turning.
I’m going to order Richard Raffin’s books and DVDs. I’ve read many good reviews of his work.

Good Luck!


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#5 posted 1776 days ago

Turning is good fun keep at it it needs practice and lots of it to become good you can learn a lot from dvd’s as you say. I have a number and love to turn. Why not look up karl tickles site on ebay if you have difficulty let me know and I ‘ll find him for you he makes alot with his turners some of them are 5 hours long split into 2 dvds for less than £15 .have fun Alistair

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#6 posted 1776 days ago

There are slews of good training materials. Depending on what you plan to turn. I would recommend you look at woodturners catalog. They have a slurry of books and disks…they also have a bunch of kits to try different turning options (pens, ornaments, pillboxes, brushes, bottlestoppers…...etc etc).

If you want to do bowls…I would recommend David Ellsworth’s Book as he goes through the fundamentals quite well….you might also look at the American Woodturners Association site and search for a local turning affiliate or look for a local woodworking/turning club (tool outlets and wood working stores have shows and bulletin boards on these also)...they are the best sources of help and inspiration and put on alot of how too’s.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 1776 days ago

There’s a lot on youtube. Some are real good and some are real bad.

Here’s a good one:

And another :

These 2 guys are really good, and good about showing how to do it.

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#8 posted 1776 days ago

If you check out I’m sure they will have a million woodturning books. They are all probably good as long as they are teaching the basics you need to get started. They will all cover safety, tools, sharpening, and turning techniques, so I don’t really think you can go too wrong. A book is great to have as a ready reference. Videos are great too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 1774 days ago

Thanks for the feedback, I’ll search around and see if I can’t find something to get lost for this rainy afternoon.

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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#10 posted 1771 days ago

have you checked the LJ Videos? There are several videos posted on our site.

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