Decided to wait on the lathe :)

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Blog entry by twig posted 01-19-2009 04:32 AM 910 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve thought about this a lot and I decided that I am not quite ready to work with a lathe yet. I’ve only been at this wood working thing half a year now, and I always want to run before I learn to crawl, lol, so I decided to hold off and get more comfortable with the wood and the tools I have and I will get a lathe and nice tools for it when I am more experienced and have more confidence.

I ended up getting a band saw and a belt/disc sander that will help me a lot in my growing little hobby. I didn’t spend a lot of money on high end tools, and I know some of you probably think I should have, but I read reviews and I think what I got will be just dandy for the small stuff I make. Either way, I’ve got 90 days to test drive them to see if they will accommodate my needs. As I make more money from the items I make, I will improve my shop and tools, as I go. It will support itself or it won’t fly. :)

I did want to mention… I am having a bit of trouble figuring out this site, so if I don’t respond to something you’ve said, please don’t be offended. It’s just ditzy me. rme :)

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#1 posted 01-19-2009 11:15 AM

slow and steady. So many people buy a ton of equipment and empty their wallets… then they realize that the stuff they purchased just gathers dust since they spend all their time on other machines. I htink that you made a wise choice. Dont buy it until you know that you will use it.

-- making sawdust....

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#2 posted 02-01-2009 09:21 AM

Yes, I can absolutely understand how that can happen and thank you for your response, motthunter. I made the decision from the beginning, if I got a new tool, it would be from the profits I made selling my wares. Only. That was just after getting my hand held Dremel in April and since then I have been able to add a very nice scroll saw, band/disc sander & band saw to my shop. I’m very happy to have discovered this untapped reservoir within myself. :)

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#3 posted 03-01-2009 08:41 AM

twig, you popped up on the “roll of the dice”. Looks like you got the hang of it right off the bat ;-)) I’ve been woodworking for almost 50 yr without a lathe. Since I’m so far behind on my other projects, i’m sure it would gather a lot of dust with a lot of other stuff. Good luck with the biz. I’m gonna check it out right now! :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 03-02-2009 07:36 PM

Thank you, Bob! When I discovered wood working, I discovered a whole different side of myself that I never knew existed. Wow! Am I happy I did! It has quickly become a very integral part of my life. ♥ A hobby that is nearly an obsession. ;)

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#5 posted 07-28-2009 04:39 PM

hey twig came across ya in bobs buddies…saw your woodwork and think its just great…those are beautiful and seeing them in a womens hair would be really great…..if you have the wood bug, then it just intensifies…so many beautiful wood…and with what you do…your possibilities are almost endless….as far as the lathe goes…its good to buy only when you have the profits to do so…...but i can tell you that when you do get it…..your going to wonder why you didnt do it sooner… will loose sleep ovet it……...have fun with your new love of like to follow your work so am going to add you to my buddie list….grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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