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Forum topic by webbtoyota posted 11-05-2011 03:51 AM 5564 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2011 03:51 AM

I saw this lathe on Grizzly’s website. Does anybody know anything about this product? I was considering this because I don’t have a lot of space and I would like to take a stab at making a couple of pens. I’m sure it’s not that sturdy but for the price I wouldn’t expect it to be. I’ve never turned anything before but thought this might would be an inexpensive way to start out. Any feedback would be helpful.

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 04:24 AM

I would look for a small used lathe on Craigslist.

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 06:02 AM

I cannot think of anything I would recommend less. You could turn them on a drill press which you would want anyway for making pens since you need to drill them out to put them on an arbor.

If you don’t have the space, you could rig up a little lathe like swirt's and spend the money on a few turning gouges instead. There are lots of plans for spring pole or bungee lathes. Simple and effective.

Then if you like turning, watch and pick up a used lathe. They come up pretty often as people buy them and don’t use them. They tend to get frustrated by using lousy cutting tools or are frightened by them.

The minimum lathe I would get would be about $150 but you could pick up one of these at Harbor Freight when they have a 20% coupon for $120

But the most bang for your money for any lathe at the low end of the spectrum (cheap) would be this one from HF:

You can get them on sale with coupons for $225 or so and it is a lot more capable. I don’t know of any electric lathe that comes close to it until you get up above 3 or 4 times the price.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#3 posted 11-05-2011 02:35 PM

I’ve only been turning for a couple of months now, but I can’t imagine how a drill could turn fast enough to actually be useful. I bought my lathe used, and can’t imagine being without it now.

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#4 posted 11-06-2011 02:44 AM

I briefly considered that drill based lathe.
Then I also considered how many drills I’d go through in a short period of time.
In order for the spinning stock to be properly turned, it has to be spinning true and constant. I doubt that drill based one would do either.
I’ll fess up here and say that I tried to rig a small one on a drill press, not the one made for a drill press.
The only thing it did was make me want to buy a real one.
BTW, I bought the 2nd one in David’s post.

-- Website is finally up and

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