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Forum topic by daveblev posted 04-21-2011 08:58 PM 1093 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2011 08:58 PM

hey everyone!
i’m starting woodworking and carving after about a fifteen year absence. kids are grown and gone, larger bills paid off, etc., etc.!
never got to do a whole lot of turning, but i’m really hankering to! i don’t have a lathe yet, i’m looking around at what’s available. man, i’d love to own a one way, but until i hit the lottery, i’ll have to go with something less expensive! but i definitely want a full-size. i have the room for it, so why not? i have a band saw, radial-arm saw, scroll saw, and drill press, so the lathe is next. i’ve seen some pictures of some really neat open segmented bowls and vases. hopefully, that’s the kind of stuff i can eventually do.
i also used to do quite a bit of carving, and am looking to do some more of that too.
anyway, you have a good, very informative site here, and i just had to join in. looking forward to getting to know you people, and i will be asking for your help as i start back into this great hobby!

-- dave in s.e. ks.

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 02:36 AM

Dave, let me welcome you as a member of the group. Feel free to ask questions and participate as you get more comfortable with the other members. Have fun and enjoy.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 07:34 AM


Welcome! I would caution you that while informative and friendly, this site is seriously addictive. You will find yourself learning from every session. Go through the projects posted by members for inspiration and ideas. You will enjoy your time here, and we’re glad to have you.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 08:28 AM

Hi Dave, welcome to LJs. Type in the name Stephen Mines. He’s a LJ here with some things that I’m sure that you’ll be tickled to see.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 03:01 PM

thanks to all for the welcomes!
seems like home already!
if anyone would care to share info about buying a lathe(pros, cons, experiences you’ve had with particular ones-good or bad, etc.),i’d love some feedback from you. i have several ideas so far, but will welcome any input. the full-size jet lathes have caught my eye. any thoughts? would be interested in lathe price ranges not to exceed $2000.
well, i’ve got sawdust to make-be back later!

-- dave in s.e. ks.

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#5 posted 04-23-2011 02:49 AM

Welcome…glad to have you on board.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 04-23-2011 03:34 AM

Hi Dave, and welcome. If you like making sawdust, this is the place to be. Please post photos of your projects so we can be inspired!

-- Powered by Smith & Wilson~~~

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#7 posted 04-23-2011 03:53 AM

today i acquired(for next to nothing) a 12-36 central machinery lathe. it’s not top of the line by any stretch of the imagination, but it’ll spin wood. i can upgrade later, with really not much in it. anything to make shavings till i get what i want!
it’s good to be back into it!

-- dave in s.e. ks.

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#8 posted 04-23-2011 05:56 PM

Dave, welcome to the sit and as others have said before this site is seriously addictive. So do like me and brouse around and do some searches for the projects you want to try and I am sure you will get Informatiion Overload at first like I did. But there is a ton of stuff out her for you to see and get ideas from for your projects and most if not all the members take it as compliment to thier work if you “Steal” thier idea or plan and use it for yours.Just make sure to reference the person you used for the idea and show us your version.

Now start turning some wood and make sure to do it safely.

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