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If you could go back
Nov 27th, 2017 at 12:13pm
 
QOTW: If you could go back to when you first started to turn what would you do different this time around?
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Re: If you could go back
Reply #1 - Nov 27th, 2017 at 1:06pm
 
Get larger lathe. Bought a Grizzly Reeves drive and wish i'd bought a Powermatic 3520. Would have pushed me to upgrade my shop power.

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Reply #2 - Nov 27th, 2017 at 1:33pm
 
That's definitely on my list. I probably would've skipped to small/intermediate sized lathe as well. The same goes for chucks, I wish I have gone with Vicmarc from the beginning.
As far as anything else, it's all part of the learning experience, if we could change it all, we may not be the turners we are now.
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Reply #3 - Nov 27th, 2017 at 2:04pm
 
I think i would started about 10 years earlier.

I really wish I had set it all up way long ago as it took so long for me to get just to this point. Almost 2 years of setting up the building and buying equipment, etc.

Now not sure how much longer the body is going to  cooperate.

It has to tho.. I have waaay too many burls that need turning!!
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Reply #4 - Nov 28th, 2017 at 9:41am
 
I'm kind of like Ralph.  Wish I would have started 10 years earlier.  Of course, then I wouldn't have had the spare money that I do now to buy what I want.
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Reply #5 - Nov 28th, 2017 at 11:17am
 
Turned my first bowl in the late 50's in High School Wood shop with Mr. Chalmer Young. We did not have all the fancy stuff that is now available. The thing I would do differently is to say with it and keep turning and advancing with the technology.
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Reply #6 - Nov 28th, 2017 at 7:15pm
 
Actually, I wouldn't change a thing. Sure I would like to work in a well organized shop, but making it work sure gives me something to look forward to. I enjoy that, and also learning how to do what the pros do and making something that somewhat resembles their stuff! Smiley Smiley
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Reply #7 - Nov 28th, 2017 at 8:31pm
 
I would have attended a symposium sooner. I still have attended only one, but will definitely attend more.
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Reply #8 - Nov 29th, 2017 at 9:58am
 
I would ignore about 90% of the "expert advice" that I read and watched on sharpening lathe gouges. I could have saved quite a bit of money and been no further behind than I am now.   Embarrassed
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Reply #9 - Nov 29th, 2017 at 11:40am
 
Ron Black, you & I are the same age and era. I wouldn't go back. We were only allowed to scrape except for roughing out with a gouge. Spur drive or faceplates only. No 4 jaw chucks. A coarse wheel high-speed grinder. Carbon steel. Varnish or BLO mix. Fine sanding w/steel wool. My mom's 4 brothers were wood craftsmen and would be stunned by what I have. BUT, that was the foundation for a lifetime of woodturning. Grin Thumbs Up
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Reply #10 - Nov 29th, 2017 at 12:24pm
 
If I could go back I would have joined a local woodturning group sooner.... (maybe that is why I always harp about it to new members here..).

I worked alone trying to figure out after a short intro session with another very accomplished turner. He taught me a lot in one session, but without a series of classes I was left to develop bad habits and got frustrated. I eventually figured it all out, but that took years on my own.

So... If I could go back I would take more classes and stay more involved with a local club Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
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Reply #11 - Nov 30th, 2017 at 9:47am
 
David Moeller wrote on Nov 29th, 2017 at 11:40am:
Ron Black, you & I are the same age and era. I wouldn't go back. We were only allowed to scrape except for roughing out with a gouge. Spur drive or faceplates only. No 4 jaw chucks. A coarse wheel high-speed grinder. Carbon steel. Varnish or BLO mix. Fine sanding w/steel wool. My mom's 4 brothers were wood craftsmen and would be stunned by what I have. BUT, that was the foundation for a lifetime of woodturning. Grin Thumbs Up

So true! I still have the first bowl I turner and the wood filler in the screw holes is dried out. Tongue Tongue
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Reply #12 - Nov 30th, 2017 at 8:16pm
 
1st project was a mallet for my dad. (more like a fat gavel) Ash from our farm in the thumb. he saved it, used it, and it is hanging in my shop. Cry Thumbs Up
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Reply #13 - Dec 2nd, 2017 at 10:11pm
 
I would have bought robust rests  first.  Now have 6 rests i never use.
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