|Forum topic by lumberjoe||posted 06-01-2012 05:03 PM||1351 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
06-01-2012 05:03 PM
First off, let me say I am a square kind of guy in all aspects (pun intended). I really enjoy building furniture and have no desire at all to incorporate turning into any of my builds. Aside from edge profiles, I like clean, crisp, right angles. This is not meant with any disrespect because I can fully appreciate the work and beauty that goes into nicely turned spindles and legs, it’s just not for me.
There will come a time (not any time soon) where I will have built everything I need in the house. Then I am kind of stuck. Again, while I don’t personally like the look of turned pieces incorporated in furniture, I have been really inspired by some of the pens, bowls and candlesticks I see posted in the project section here. Not only that but I have a lot of friends and relatives that would also really appreciate such items as gifts.
I have never sat in front of a lathe or even seen one operated in person, but watching how-to videos, I can say it looks like tons of fun. Here are my questions
1 – Lathe pricing. I know it is all over the map. I don’t want to limit myself by buying a small lathe in case (as often happens) I catch the bug and feel the need to upgrade. I’ve looked through the review section here and there are may options. I think the HF full sized lathe would likely suit my needs fairly well. I haven’t looked beyond that and was wondering what a “decent” lathe would cost me.
2 – Lathe “accessories”. I know with any tool, the stuff that comes with it other than the core tool usually needs to be or should be upgraded, or is simply not included (a dado blade and throat plate for a table saw for example). I am referring to drive belts, chucks, spindles, etc. What should I expect to purchase and spend to be able to easily turn some pens, candlestick holders and smaller bowls?
3 – Cutting tools. As I have learned, a good cutting implement is the difference between frustration and results. I try to buy top notch table saw blades, router bits etc. Often times the price of the blades/bits well exceed the cost of the tool spinning them. Again, basic pricing and brand recommendations will be helpful
4 – Learning curve. The guys in videos make it look so simple. I know form experience making anything that beautiful is anything but. Since I have never done this at all, would reading some books and watching some instructional videos get me in the right direction, or is taking classes the more advisable route?
5 – What did I miss?
Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!