|Forum topic by Jeremiah||posted 01-23-2015 05:44 PM||1190 views||2 times favorited||8 replies|
01-23-2015 05:44 PM
Hey all! I’ll give a little back story and hope you fellas feel bad enough for me to give me some information!
I’m 27. I’ve been a self employed metal fabricator and handyman for the last 6 years or so. I’ve always said I hate working with wood because I make ugly things. Truth is, I’ve done very little with wood, and what I have done really wasn’t all that awful.
I have a few reasons for getting into wood. For myself, I enjoy learning new skills. Also, about 3 months ago I had surgery on my eyes and have decided they are too precious to burn away behind a mask for the rest of my life. I’m aware that wood has its fair share of ocular dangers, but none of which are permanent UV damage.
My other reason for attempting to acquire wood working tools is for my father. He is a mechanical designer/pipe fitter that has been busting his rear for 30 years with a fused lower spine and bad knees. His time for retirement/disability is coming very soon. Ever since I was little I can always remember his fascination with woodworking. He was always carving something strange or saving odd looking pieces of wood from the forest around our house. He never did much with anything because time didn’t permit, and he never had the means to build a shop or buy the tools. So, my interest is getting something put together that maybe he can toy around with when the time comes.
I have no high school shop experience or anyone to teach me anything, so I’m a learn as you go case. Usually am anyway because I’m awful at listening to directions anyhow.
I had been searching for a lathe on Craigslist for a few months. I finally found one that seemed solid, although admittedly I know nothing about them, so I probably overpaid. I bought a Rockwell 46-450 I believe (Name plate is missing) for $500. It is big and heavy. Has a 3 phase motor in it that I can’t use because I don’t have the power in my garage. Needs a chuck or faceplate or something to attach the wood with, and the tapered tail piece that goes in the tail stock. (Please do forgive me if I’m calling anything by the wrong name, and please, correct me as well)
So I need to figure out what to do about the motor. I don’t even have 220 run in my garage. I have the wire and ability to do it, but it isn’t there currently. Is there a 110v motor suitable that I could buy and use? I read a lot of stuff about treadmill motors and I like the idea of a more finite speed control, but I have a hard time believing those things would have the torque needed to actually turn things, especially at lower speeds.
As for the chuck and tail piece, I found a local turning store that has some, but they are quite pricey. I’m usually all about supporting local business, but ultimately, not if it is going to make me starve. They had two tail pieces. One was just the #2 tapered bit with a point on it for $20. The other was the #2 tapered bit with a drill chuck on it for $35. Which of those is best? I always see the basic point type in videos, but didn’t know if the drill chuck was for something specific. They only had one chuck and I believe it was a Nova G3 for $170. That’s just a lot of coin to drop, so I don’t want to buy the wrong thing.
I’m also going to need tools. The same store had a bunch of neat tools with little carbide heads that you can swap out, but they are all $120+ each, so that could get very expensive very fast.
My ultimate goal is to make some small bowls 6-8” in diameter, maybe some table legs, and some small stuff, the size of pens, but I actually don’t have any interest in pens specifically. I would love to create things that I can incorporate into my work, so that this may eventually pay for itself, but I realize that is difficult, especially for someone who knows nothing and has to learn it all on his own. But my whole life has been difficult, so I don’t expect it to change now anyway.
I appreciate anyone’s input on the motor, chuck, tailpiece and tools topics, or any other wise words you may have for me!