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10-16-2009 02:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning question

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 10-16-2009 03:25 PM

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

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#2 posted 10-16-2009 03:47 PM

Here is a site that may be helpful:

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#3 posted 10-16-2009 05:44 PM

Charles Neil has one.

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#4 posted 10-16-2009 07:16 PM

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 10-16-2009 07:57 PM

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 10-16-2009 11:13 PM

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.

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#7 posted 10-16-2009 11:21 PM

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 10-17-2009 12:21 PM

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 10-18-2009 06:28 PM

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 10-21-2009 09:02 PM

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

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