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post #1 of 8 Old 12-26-2009, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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My son and I have been doing flat wood projects for some time now, and would like to start turning. What advice can you all give on getting started? I'm sure we will love it, but really want to get in with as little out of pocket as possible, until we are sure. We can always upgrade. Looking to get a mini lathe, maybe used. Where can I look to buy?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-26-2009, 10:30 PM
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Craigslist is always a good place to look. I found my mini lathe, DC and tablesaw on CL. The lathe was brand new in the box and the seller threw in a box of wood with a new mandrel, some pen kits, a book on pen turning and 4 turning chisels.

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Ditto on CL,but be carefull wht you get,as there are some pretty cheap lathes out there that wouldn't make good boat anchors.So before you buy,make sure you do some research on what your looking at,because if you get stuck with one of them you can get very easily discouraged.My 1st lathe was a Ricon mini,runs about 325.00 but well worth it and there service is 2nd to none.Also decide what you plan on turning as tools and accesories can run you more than the lathe.If there is a turning club near you,maybe you could get with a turner that can help you get started.Good luck.

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Looking to get a mini lathe, maybe used. Where can I look to buy?
I would buy new. The Delta Midi is not all that expensive. I got mine with the extension and a pen turning kit for under $300 at Woodcraft. I was in the same position as you are. I always wanted to get a lathe but did not have the room or money for a large one.

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Let me warn you, wood turning is like a drug. Once you get started it will be hard to stop. I inherited my first lathe from my grandfather so it didn't cost me anything. It took a little bit to get the hang of it, but now most of the projects I do are turned. If you know someone that has a lathe you may see if you can get some pointers from them. I would start small and expand as you go. A basic tool set, and as much lathe as you can afford is a good place to start.

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Keep in mind that getting started involves much more than just the lathe. Here are a few thoughts...

Getting Started in Woodturning

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Thanks All. I am still in the research phase. Which size MT is more widely used, the #1 or #2?
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#2 is used on the majority of lathes.
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