|Forum topic by MikeInNOVA||posted 02-24-2012 02:10 AM||1160 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
02-24-2012 02:10 AM
I’ve been working wood for decades and have a small shop with a the typical machinery and a good selection of hand tools. I’ve made a variety of things, including doors, furniture, cabinets, even a full set of sash windows that are exact duplicates of the originals in my daughter’s circa 1880 house, right down to the pegged full mortise & tenon joinery.
Yet somehow, I never owned a lathe. But now SWMBO has added some furniture items to the honey-do list that will require a lathe to turn the legs.
I’ve settled on the Delta midi with a bed extension, but would like advice/suggestions for two areas:
1. Besides the lathe, what do you recommend as initial accessories (e.g. chucks, tool rests, calipers, centers, etc.) that I’m likely to want/need early on.
2. What are the basic turning tools I’m going to need to get started? Should I get a set, or just go a la cart?
Right now, and for the foreseeable future, all my turning will be spindle turning, so any bowl related items wouldn’t be an issue.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.