|Forum topic by RKW||posted 03-13-2010 05:26 AM||1036 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
03-13-2010 05:26 AM
Eventually i wanted to get into turning, but being fairly new to woodworking i am still working on several other area’s. However, i had a very interesting day and it looks like i am going to travel the wood turning avenue sooner than i had anticipated.
I was shopping at my hardwood dealer today and i started chatting with an older gentlemen who come to find out lives in my town. We got to talking and he asked me if i was interested in buying a lathe. I said not really, i have too much going on and i am still trying to justify some of my recent purchases. I was however interested in the type of work he did and wanted to see his shop, so i agreed to go buy and take a look at it.
I spent a couple of hours at his house looking at his projects and admiring his shop. He wanted two hundred dollars for his lathe which i think was a decent deal. Its a delta(not sure what model it is) has variable drive. It was pretty big. He still had the receipt and owner’s manuel. He purchased in 1997 and paid $500.00.
I told him if he still had it in a few months i might consider it. Heres the kicker. He said, i can tell you are really into this and i think you would really like this lathe. Why dont you just take it, i will show you how to use it and you can just pay me $20 here and $20 there when ever you have extra cash.
He has a total of 3 lathes and he is wanting to get this one out of his way. I really felt like he just wanted me to have it, knowing i would enjoy it. This was one of the nicest men i have ever met. So i agreed to pick it up next week and we are going to do some turning on it before it leaves his shop.
I just wanted to share this story and now here are some questions.
1. Since this will be my first and it is going to have some unanticipated expenses, will the $10.00 8 piece harbour freight turning tools be ok for a starter set? I was thinking i could replace them one by one as i progressed.
2. What are the best resources for someone who knows nothing about turning?
3. Any accessories i need to consider?
4. What type of projects would you recommend for a starter?
5. What additional tools would you recommend? Callipers?
Any comments and advice are welcome…....thanx