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  • Scored a free wood lathe

    Got this lathe from a friend whose late father owned it.
    Been collecting rust and dust for eight years.
    Got the head stock and lathe bed cleaned up.
    Need to work on the tail stock, tool rest, and the rest of it.
    Built a stand out of scrap wood I had laying around and bought a pair of
    lawnmower wheels for it so I could move it around the shop.
    Never tried my hand at turning, so I'm excited about learning.
    Would appreciate any advice you guys might have.
    I know there's a lot of info out there...almost too much...so any
    pointers in the right direction would be appreciated.
    I need some tools and a chuck for turning boxes and small vessels.
    Leaning toward the Oneway Talon chuck. A little pricey but I do have
    a 20% off coupon from Rockler. I read a few unfavorable comments
    about this model on Lumberjocks, mostly related to the electronics,
    but it does run and the price was definitely right. Look forward to
    hearing from ya'll.
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    Last edited by Big Jim; 08-10-2011, 12:54 PM.

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    Re: Scored a free wood lathe

    congratulations
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      Re: Scored a free wood lathe

      I turn pens as a hobby and it’s kind of addictive. If you think you might want to try pen turning there is a wealth of information on International Association of Penturners - Powered by vBulletin.
      When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

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      • #4
        Re: Scored a free wood lathe

        Big Jim, I too turn pens and such. I found the best place to start looking is at WoodCraft for supplies and such. Of course you will start using the web for what you need after that. WoodCraft has most anything you could want or need for your lathe. Hope this helps.

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        • #5
          Re: Scored a free wood lathe

          Originally posted by DSurette View Post
          I turn pens as a hobby and it’s kind of addictive. International Association of Penturners - Powered by vBulletin.
          OK, I learned something new today. Pen turning Who Knew. Looks like fun.

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          • #6
            Re: Scored a free wood lathe

            Talk to tree guys. Tell them You will buy any burls they have . Beautiful grained bowls . They sell for Big $$$
            I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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            • #7
              Re: Scored a free wood lathe

              Big Jim, you scored a big coup! They are really fun and productive. I sure miss not having one now. Invest in a set of good gouges.

              Big G

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              • #8
                Re: Scored a free wood lathe

                Thanks to one and all for the feed back. Since acquiring the lathe I have pulled

                the trigger on the Oneway Talon 4-jaw chuck as well as a couple of turning tools.

                Saw that the Oneway was rated as a top tool in the latest edition of Wood mag.

                I really like how it works. Been practicing on scrap wood. Have yet to turn out

                anything that I would sign my name to, but hopefully that will change with time.

                It definitely requires a different skill set than other wood working endeavors, but

                it is fun, relaxing, and quiets the voices.

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