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post #1 of 4 Old 02-16-2011, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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I had a wood lathe a few years ago, but life happened and it was left behind. I was just learning when I had to let it go. I am now in a position where I am able to get another lathe and am very much looking forward to it. I am looking for some suggestions on some good beginner books or instruction books as I will be teaching my self.

I would eventually like to make bowls, pens, christmas ornaments etc.

Any and all info is welcomed.

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This is a great book for a beginner.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Wood lathes come in mini and full size lathes depending upon your budget and source of wood and power supply 110V or 220V should help you make a selection.

If you are not keen on changing, belts to adjust speeds will want a variable speed lathe. Variable speed lathes come in two flavors reeves drive and Electronic Variable speed. On reeves drive no belt changing , simply move a lever when lathe is running to adjust speed. On an EVS lathe you turn a dial, but normally have low and high belt change. The only EVS lathe without belts is NOVA DVR lathe.

You need to do your homework and select style lathes in your price range for specific questions. Delta, Jet, Rikon make excellent mini lathes that will do everything you want to do. Delta 46-460, Jet 1014 & 1220, and Rikon 70-100 very popular lathes. TurnCrafter lathes also very popular on lower price end.

Jet 1236 & 1442 reeves drive lathes excellent starter lathes. Even better is Jet 1642 EVS lathe.

NOVA 1624/44 belt changes and NOVA DVR a great lathe also.

On lower price end but very popular is the Harbor Freight 12x33 mod# 34706.

Higher end full sizes lathes like Powermatic, Oneway, Robust, and Stubby some of the best.

Internet and videos cover everything you want to turn free. Several excellent books available at libraries and bookstores. I like these book “Woodturning: A Foundation Course,” by Keith Rowley and “Turning Wood,” by Richard Raffin. They have videos of these books too!
For pen turning information, need to hang out at:

For general woodturning, try these sites:
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Am surprised Neal has not responded, he put together this outstanding list.
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