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post #1 of 4 Old 01-03-2010, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hi- I'm a newbie at woodturning

I have the lathe, tools and desire but lacking the skills to figure out what I need next- looking at a 4 jaw chuck for bowl and vase turning, calipers, wood sealer but what would anyone recommend that's been doing this for awhile that would probably be overlooked? thank you and happy turning!!
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Take a Class

Before investing too much money into equipment I would recommend taking a class at your local Woodcraft or Community College if they have one. If you are military, your base or post may have a center where you can take a class. This will give you an opportunity to try different things. From there you will be in a better position to make an informed decision.

I attended a woodturning class (pens) at the local Woodcraft and loved it.

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I agree w/ Bill about a class ... books are also helpful but it's like riding a bicycle, you don't really learn it any way other than by doing it and a class will give you a chance to check out techniques.

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You don't need a chuck. I turned bowls and vases for years using the faceplate. The chuck is nice and speeds things up a bit but certainly not necessary.
A class is a fantastic idea. It's amazing how much it will speed up the learning curve of learning to use the tools and sharpening them.
End grain sealer really doesn't work until you learn how and when to use it. It does slow down the moisture loss from the logs but they will crack anyway unless you turn them fairly soon. Getting the logs off the ground and under some sort of cover helps more than anything. If you need to store some blanks for extended periods of time I use parafin wax. I heat it in a used electric skillet and dip the blanks in it. I can store them for many months this way but they of course stay totally green.
The end grain sealer is supposed to slow down the release of moisture from the ends of boards to keep the checking to a minimum. In my experience it will slow down the checking of a log but it will still split you just won't have to cut as much off the end before cutting a bowl blank.
What has worked the best for me if I can't get the logs cut is to put plastic bags over the ends. It does promote mold and spalting but seems to stop the checking. It's not a permanent thing and I try to get to the logs in 3 to 6 months if I can.
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