|Forum topic by Eric_S||posted 11-22-2010 06:32 PM||1192 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
11-22-2010 06:32 PM
I am a newbie turner. In fact, my lathe (http://www.harborfreight.com/12-inch-x-33-3-8-eighth-inch-wood-lathe-with-reversible-head-34706.html) wont be unpacked until later this week when I finish the stand for it(http://plansnow.com/lathestnd.html) after hearing that the stand that comes with this one is crap. This stand I’m building is a beast and is extremely heavy, even without the ballast filled with 60lb sand. Its about 60% complete and I plan on posting pics of it when finished.
I decided to make turned items for family gifts this year since they can be made quickly and relatively cheaply. I have some decent length spindle blocks of maple to use for practicing with turning tools before attempting pens. I bought the book Learn to Turn (http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Turn-Beginners-Woodturning-Finish/dp/1565232739/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1290442752&sr=8-1) which is an excellent read that goes over how to sharpen and use each individual turning tool. It also has some practices to do and some beginner projects. I’ve also watched countless videos on turning so I’m itching to get started.
So, my questions to all you experienced wood turners out there:
1. While I plan on making some of my own pen blanks from leftovers over time, for this year’s gifts I’ll be buying most of my blanks. Where is the best place online to buy blanks and which are the easiest to turn for beginners while still looking very nice? I hear burls while looking gorgeous are more difficult to turn, as are some of the neat ones like coffee beans, snakeskin, etc. So, what woods do you recommend for beginning turning so that I don’t waste money and screw up blanks? Also, is it necessary to stabilize all wood blanks with CA?
2. Are these grab bags any good? They say they come with standard and jumbo size so will they work with all pen kits? http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/store/Pen_Making___Pen_Blanks___50_Assorted_Pen_Blank_Grab_Bag___grab_bag_assorted?Args=
4. What are the hazordous woods I should avoid or make sure I’m protected from if I use?
Any other tips you can offer would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN