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Howdy! I just probably spent 6 hours trying to join woodturnersresource.com and failed the whole process. I even created 4 new email acounts because they rejected 7 email domains. Then I registered here, and ...well...here I am! It took less than 6 minutes! I love you people already. I just found out I am losing my very, very good paying job and now have to return home to New Mexico, so I am going to start working on my art again until the economy picks up, I find another job, or my art starts doing well again.
Now the good stuff. After research and pondering I have decided to buy a machine. I will be taking logs from wherever and puting them on the lathe and turning them down into very beautiful lamp bases. They will range in length or height from 14 inches table top to 50 inch tall behemoth floor lamps. I will need to drill a hole through the core as well for wiring, or more likely running an 1/8 inch npt pipe (3/8 hole) through it for hardware connections and conduit. Of course bowls and other things will be made as well, but the lamps are the focus.
All indications are leading me to the Jet 1642 with a 20inch extentsion. I need to run 120v because of wiring limitations and it made the most sense for my needs. What I really need help with is tool selection, and maybe some other tips on actual turning, but right now I just need to get the basics going. I know nothing about the knives or gouges out there. I do know I will need one or two monster rough gouges for basics. The rest I just don't know about, like what other chucks and stuff will I love having?
Someday soon I will be passing on this advice I seek, but for now how about it? Any input? What are the essentials?