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Ehab007

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01-24-2017 01:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodturning irvine orange county question

Hello everyone, this is my first post and I wanted to say I am still new at woodturning, I only started last week, but I found it loads of fun and I was just starting to get the hang of it when I ran out of time, I can only attend that class once a week, in between I have no lathe at home nor can i justify buying one yet as money is tight.

I was wondering if anyone here knows where I could say, practice on a lathe?... that would be really cool and I would be very appreciative if someone pointed me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance, I look forward to posting more on here,

Peace

Ehab

-- Peace & Anarchy


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#1 posted 01-24-2017 02:16 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Ehab. Its really a great community.

As far as helping you. Turning isn’t something I have looked much into but its very interesting the things folks have made on a lathe.

Things that will help others, Where do you live?

Best of luck!!!

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 02:42 PM

Glad to have you join the fun Ehab welcome
Sorry I’m not anywhere close to Irvine, I don’t know if it’s in your budget or not but many times older lathes can be purchased for $75-$150 on craigslist.

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#3 posted 01-24-2017 02:53 PM

Ehab, the Fountain Valley Woodcraft store has classes, and then you have the Tustin woodturning club nearby. The phone book has both listed…........ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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RouteSixtySix

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#4 posted 01-27-2017 04:29 PM

Welcome Ehab!

You may want to join your local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. They likely would have a mentor that would work with you to learn the basics.

Here’s a link:

http://aaw.site-ym.com/members/?id=23094067

-- Steve

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#5 posted 01-28-2017 04:32 AM

Hey if you have a Harbor Freight tools near you you can get a small lathe very cheap. With a 20 % coupon i got mine for $160. Its a respectable small lathe and is also sold under different branding by Rockler and Jet. I have made all kinds of things on it. Its a 10×18 but power is good lathebed is rock solid cast iron. Bearings and everything is respectable i have no complaints. I also started with a cheap ($20) set of turning tools they sell. These are hss and need regular sharpening but youcan also get a grinder for$40. This is not the small small one they sell. Good luck

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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Ehab007

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#6 posted 02-01-2017 01:24 AM


Hey if you have a Harbor Freight tools near you you can get a small lathe very cheap. With a 20 % coupon i got mine for $160. Its a respectable small lathe and is also sold under different branding by Rockler and Jet. I have made all kinds of things on it. Its a 10×18 but power is good lathebed is rock solid cast iron. Bearings and everything is respectable i have no complaints. I also started with a cheap ($20) set of turning tools they sell. These are hss and need regular sharpening but youcan also get a grinder for$40. This is not the small small one they sell. Good luck

- BenDupre

Thanks man a dude in class also recommended I try harbor freight. I got a small Lathe (8”x12”) plus the tools for it for a hundred bucks even, not a bad deal.

It runs great, it has a dial for changing the speed so there’s no fiddling with belts, i started smoothing out a small log yesterday and it handled it fine at the lower speed, it vibrated at higher speeds (I’m sure that when this oval shaped log is round that will go away) and I have no complaints. I’m getting my wood from the outdoors so it’s all free.

good times! I’ll post something worthy enough when I make it…

-- Peace & Anarchy

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BenDupre

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#7 posted 02-01-2017 03:46 AM

Ehab you got the baby lathe. It does have a variable motor. Nothing wrong with starting small. The one i have is the medium size one. It was $160. I haven’t outgrown it yet. I have noticed the same Chinese made lathe is branded by Jet and Rockler (excelsior) and sold for a lot more. I can even get a bed extension to do longer spindles. Someday i will get a bigger one. I am always watching Craigslist. Also i have got a lot of use out ofthe $18 toolset. Had to learn to sharpen. Thats the whole point though.. learn on something cheap and upgrade later. I have bought more tools. I also got a mini carbide set from Rockler when they had iton sale for $99. The carbide tools require a slightly different technique. Have fun and learn

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#8 posted 02-02-2017 09:59 PM

Use any spare time viewing U-Tube instructional videos. The have sooooo much good info and are made by exceptional wood turners of renowned reputations.

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"

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