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Forum topic by lightcs1776 posted 11-30-2013 03:57 PM 714 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lightcs1776

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11-30-2013 03:57 PM

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I am considering finding a relatively cheap lathe for my wife for Christmas. She doesn’t do any woodworking these days (I barely do any at this point myself), but she likes to do things together. Her dad is a retired cabinet maker, so she made some projects as a kid, cutting boards and other small items. Has anyone brought their spouse into woodworking and is a lathe something good to start with? I can’t purchase a large unit, or a fancy one, but could see her making bowls and small boxes. I personally know very little about lathe work. Thanks.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **


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#1 posted 11-30-2013 10:17 PM

Is there a local Woodcraft store any where near you? They have woodturning lessons, lots of lathe ideas, and can probably answer all your questions.

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#2 posted 11-30-2013 10:26 PM

Unfortunately there isn’t anything within a reasonable driving distance around here. However, I’m looking to get a family membership at Northeast Woodworkers Association within the next couple weeks or so. I know they hold seminars or mini-classes on various topics from time to time. I could always wait and see what interests her once I get her to check out the association.

Edit: Jumbo, your suggestion encouraged me to check out their site again. Turns out NWA has several turning events. I don’t know if it means they would help her learn, but I am quickly finding that most folks doing woodworking are willing to share their knowledge. Thanks!

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#3 posted 11-30-2013 11:30 PM

Would she be interested in scroll sawing?it takes patience but women have in general more patience than men,it is relatively easier to learn than lathe I would imagine,and very rewarding.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 12-01-2013 02:16 AM

Good suggestion, but I have a scroll saw that generally goes unused. I keep it for small items.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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