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Question Hi All. I'm also new to woodworking

I know for many of you it's not just a hobby. I'd like it to be the same for me. I just purchased my first midi lathe and circular saw. Now, this may seem stupid to some of you, but..... Now that I got them (it's always been a dream of mine), How do I use them? Don't be impatient or intimidating... I just need a bit of encouragement and tutorialship... Where can I get books or manuals to teach me?

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don't be scared-they're only machines-get some wood and try them out-nobody judging you
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As far as the lathe is concerned, learning to use it is easy. Learning to use it properly and well and to turn out beautiful things takes lots and lots of practice. I suggest that you find an AAW chapter in your area, or go to Woodcraft and ask if there is someone who can give you lessons or pointers, so you can do it "right." I didn't---I depended on a couple of people (LOML and a friend), who gave me conflicting lessons and advice and confused me.

As for accessories, how deep is your pocket--or how high the limit on your credit card? You'll need:
Turning tools - lots of new turners start with the HSS set from Harbor Freight - under $50 and a good way to learn the sharpening techniques
  • Turning smock (to keep the curlies out of your tee-shirt and shorts) and some GOOD face protection - lots of turners use a Trend airshield to keep the dust - particularly sanding dust - out of your nose and lungs
  • For pens: mandrels, bushings, kits, blanks, CA glue for gluing blanks, drill press to drill for tubes, end mill, pen press, sandpaper and/or micromesh, finishing supplies (BLO, shellac, lacquer, friction polish, CA if you're so inclined)
  • Buffing system - Beall three-wheel
  • Two or three faceplates - 3" and 6" (they also come in 4" and 8" and some smaller too)
  • At least two chucks - large and small - and they aren't cheap - Oneway Talon or Stronghold or Nova - with multiple sets of jaws
  • 30 and 60 degree live centers
  • Jacobs chuck
  • Vacuum system if you are going for bowls
Before you commit to starting to turn, take all of your money out of your wallet, take a picture, and post the picture on the wall above your lathe so you'll remember what it looks like, because if you succumb, you will have entered the abyss--where all money goes and the vortex just keeps pulling you in deeper and deeper.

Have fun!

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David works in the Pro Sales Divison at Woodworker's Supply.
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Before you commit to starting to turn, take all of your money out of your wallet, take a picture, and post the picture on the wall above your lathe so you'll remember what it looks like, because if you succumb, you will have entered the abyss--where all money goes and the vortex just keeps pulling you in deeper and deeper.


Have fun!
Thanks for your info, Nancy... it was just what I needed to know. My pockets ain't very deep tho lol... But, I am an artist and do understand the cost of tools! They can run into the bucks can't they?!
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