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Hey, i just got my first lathe. but i have found it is not as simple as just having a lathe to turn wood. what should be my next tool purchase?

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Hello and welcome to the dark side,where there is no escape.first it would depend on what you plan on turning,bowls,spindles.plus what lathe did you get?If your going to turn bowls,then I would recommend a 1/2" bowl gouge to start,then maybe a 3/8 spindle gouge,also a parting tool.One thing I don't recommend is buying a set,because out of an 8 piece set,you may only use two or three of them and the rest will just lay on the shelf.I'm sure others will pop in here,so just be a tad bit patent and you may save a few bucks on buying tools you won't need.

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It might help to tell us what kind of tools you have and what you want to make with them. A four jaw chuck would come to mind for bowl turning. Pen turners use special mandrels and other means of holding the piece in place.
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Hi, welcome to the turning world. The first thing to do is go to the library (or buy) and get a book by Richard Raffan - "Turning Wood". There is a wealth of information in it. Next go to Google and do a search for wood turning clubs in your area.There you find all answers for all your questions.And they will help you get started right.

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Welcome Sammy, I definitely second looking into woodturning clubs in your area. This is a great way to tap into a vast knowledge base. Another great book and dvd combo is from Keith Rowley, Woodturning: A Foundation Course.

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I have a min lathe, by rand with an 18 inch bed. I 3/4'' gauge, and parting tools and a tool that i do not knowwhat it is called. I think i am going to start with pens. But from what i read i need to sharpen my tools all the time. so shoud it get a bench grinder or something like a Work Sharp WS3000. or another way to sharpenmy tools?

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Can't speak on the worksharp but I use an 8 inch bench grinder with the wolverine system by Oneway and I love it. It is very easy use with great results.

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I would look for a low speed grinder and put one of the soft grit stones on it so you can avoid ruining your tools by overheating the edge as you grind it.
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I have a min lathe, by rand with an 18 inch bed. I 3/4'' gauge, and parting tools and a tool that i do not knowwhat it is called. I think i am going to start with pens. But from what i read i need to sharpen my tools all the time. so shoud it get a bench grinder or something like a Work Sharp WS3000. or another way to sharpenmy tools?

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i have been turning wood for around 7 years now, i too make pens bottle stoppers and wild game calls and most of the time use my mini tools. if you are planning on making pens for the first time, get yourself a good set of mini tools, they are going to be easier and less aggressive with smaller blanks such as pens!
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