Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Detroit Michigan
My first lathe
So i just got my first lathe last Saturday. It is a harbor freight mini lathe. Its the one thats they always have on sale with a coupon for 160. I also got the turning chisel kit that the had for 40.
I have already turned 3 small bowls and a piece of fire wood into a practice lamp spindle.
The first bowl I tuned is going to be used as a dice shaker the second bowl turned didn't work out because its side snapped off when I was turning it. My third bowl Is for paper clips to go in. All the bowls I made are from mahogany and I finished them with the lathe on with wax and they turned out great.
I made a practice lamp spindle out of wood that I think is apple wood. It turned out great.
I am going to make a lamp out of maple and walnut. What I think would look good would be is have 4 inches of maple and then a inch of walnut.
I have a couple of questions.
How should I sharpen my turning tools.
My second question it were can I get blanks for pen turning and other small turnings.
Lighten up . It's just the internet.