|Forum topic by jcn||posted 05-27-2011 09:15 PM||950 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
05-27-2011 09:15 PM
This is probably a silly question, but you gotta learn somewhere.
I’ve been turning on a midi-lathe for a while, with good results. Mostly pens and bowls. But I’ve recently started trying to turn larger items, like a vase or something. I have some wood from different downed trees I’ve come across, but I can’t get anything that isn’t perfectly balanced to work on my lathe without it making the lathe jump around all over the bench. Which means all this unprocessed wood is useless to me. I don’t have the equipment to cut the logs into spindles and blanks. I guess I was just hoping to be able to put a small piece on the lathe and turn it as-is.
Would this be alleviated with a bigger lathe? I was thinking so, but when I look at them in the store, I’m really not sure even the larger floor lathes are heavy enough to not get wobbly with an unbalanced piece of wood on there.
Anybody have a suggestion for me?