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jomamma1

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02-08-2017 03:09 AM

Hello all. At age 67, I am just starting to learn to turn wood. Well, not exactly true. In 1984, I purchased a Shopsmith Mark 5. I got the lathe package with it. At first, I turned a couple of rolling pins, paper towel holders, and a few pins for a project. I haven’t touched my lathe tools since ‘85 except to move them around a bit.
Recently, I have been getting the urge to start again. My first turning project will be a carvers mallet. I have been looking at videos on youtube for inspiration. Now all I have to do is find all the parts to use my Shopsmith as a lathe. I have the standard Shopsmith starter set of 5 tools. I’ll be watching this forum for advise and inspiration.
I know that the Shopsmith is not the ideal lathe, but it is about all I can afford for now. Thanks in advance for any advice, inspiration, ecouragement and support I might get from this group.
Joe in Modesto

-- Joe in Modesto


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Boxguy

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#1 posted 02-08-2017 03:35 AM

Joe, have fun with your new old tool.

-- Big Al in IN

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BoilerJeff

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#2 posted 02-08-2017 03:54 AM

Great resources here and on Utube. Welcome back.

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 04:16 PM

I have numerous friends who have Shopsmiths, one even has a Mk-1 ( I think it is ) who turns beautiful segmented pieces.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#4 posted 02-09-2017 08:30 PM

“You’ve done it before, you’ll do it again!”

Good luck on the re-kindled hobby, good thing you kept the Shopsmith all these years!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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jomamma1

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#5 posted 02-09-2017 09:21 PM

i do really like my shopsmith. I was a little dismayed when right after I bought mine, they came out with the newer version with bigger tables etc. I have not used the tablesaw function of my shopsmith since shortly after I bought it. I bought a Delta contractor saw to use instead. If I had the bigger table and supports on my shopsmith, I probably wouldn’t have needed to get a separate table saw. Now I mostly use it for drill press, disc sander, and bandsaw. Oh and as a lathe now too.

-- Joe in Modesto

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#6 posted 02-09-2017 09:39 PM

I found this recently, A course in Wood Turning, 1919: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15460

I figure some of these will be fun to turn. My sister in law hates the feel of raw wood so I am going to be turning her a wood potato masher for the fun of it.

If you don’t have any ideas, turning wands are nice practice for spindle turning. Then you have something you can give away to kids. Since there is no ‘fixed’ form for a wand, they can look however you want them too. That and door stops.

YouTube is a good resource.
Cpt Eddie Castellin https://www.youtube.com/user/capneddie
- Very practical advice, tool etc. A bit self promotional but nothing wrong with that and should save money.
Tim Yodar https://www.youtube.com/user/woodturningwithtim1
- Stable of PBS, nicely produced variety of content
Carl Jacobson https://www.youtube.com/user/haydenHD
- Whole series on turning basics plus other stuff.
Mike Peace https://www.youtube.com/user/mpax356
- Tons of in depth stuff, basics to what the hell stuff.

Oh, and if you just want to watch someone with 35+ years turning experience and cry at the distance :), this is an awesome channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrpnmkOqFJ8spyaQcgMx-og

Have fun.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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LeeMills

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#7 posted 02-09-2017 11:12 PM

My brother had a Shopsmith and I did not see anything wrong with it… a lot better than my first cheap Jet lathe.
IIRC it was 1-1/4 or 1-1/2 Hp and about 15” swing so plenty of power. Have fun.
In addition to earlier links
Here is a link to Stuart Batty on Vimeo. Very good instructor, clear and concise. I would suggest the three on Stance as this is often overlooked to start with but is very important. He has a lot of others that address topics that almost no one else does such as distance over the tool bar.
Quite a few are excellent to start while some other are more advanced. About 30 total, usually 12 -15 minutes each.
https://vimeo.com/woodturning/videos/page:2/sort:alphabetical/format:thumbnail

A good source for inspiration on projects (if you need any) is here. The are categorized very nicely with links to youtube mainly. I clicked on one for an example and “bridhouses” has links to 31 turning videos. This is just the projects sections. There are also sections on basics, tools, techniques, etc.
http://www.woodturningonline.com/videos/videos.php

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 02-10-2017 12:37 AM

Thanks Steve n and Lee for all the information. I will definately check them out.

-- Joe in Modesto

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#9 posted 02-10-2017 12:48 AM

Look around for a wood turners club you can valuable information and help.

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