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Beginner wood turner in the making :) (Read 262 times)
Gary Phil
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Harbor Frieght, Central Machinery 10in x 18in wood lathe
Beginner wood turner in the making :)
Jul 30th, 2016 at 3:26pm
Hello Everyone!

I'm new to woodturning but I have been watching videos of about over a year now. I've become really interested and decided to buy one in My range recently. I went to harbor frieght and bought a Central Machinery 10in x 18in lathe, and I also picked up a set of lathe tools for around $25. It was in My budget so thats what came home with Me haha. I made sure to slide the tail stock up and make sure that it was in good contact witht the head stock, everything matched up thankfully! I seen a lot of videos showing pros and cons about this lathe but I figured to give it a try considering it would be a couple loooong months before I would be able to buy a higher end lathe.

But I plan on sticking around and try to learn as much as I can!
Feel free to say Hello and tips are alwaaays welcomed!
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Len Layman
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What have I got into??

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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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PM 3520b
Jet 1220
Re: Beginner wood turner in the making :)
Reply #1 - Jul 30th, 2016 at 5:10pm
Welcome Gary.  Make yourself at home.  There are lots of knowledgeable friendly people here ready to help and answer your question.  Don't be shy.  We were all beginners once and we love helping others learn to turn as much as we do turning ourselves.

Your in for a great time.!!
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Glenn Jacobs
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Re: Beginner wood turner in the making :)
Reply #2 - Aug 2nd, 2016 at 12:35pm
Welcome!! With that size lathe, you will be able to build many different projects. From pens to ring holders to boxes. Really the next tool to buy would be a sharpening setup. Most of us use a Wolverine Grinding jig and Vari-grind 1 (not 2) under a 8" slow grinder.  Sharp tools are essential to happiness in wood turning.

Glenn J.
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