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So my dad got a lathe.

Dad has been a hobby woodworker for 30 (?) years and never really got into turning. He knew it was poison . So anyway a few weeks ago I saw an ad on Craigslist for a complete ShopSmith with extras like a mortising attachment/stack of saw blades for $150 (he got it all for $120). Just something for him to fix up 'cause he likes tuning old tools...

Well it had a set of turning tools too, so he had to try. He dug through my scrap pile last week and made some shavings, oh and a couple bowls . Not bad for first attempts IMO. And I reckon my scrap pile will be raided quite often . He seems to be a fast learner.
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Your dad seems like a natural so yea, your scrap pile is history.

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Daren that is awesome. Good for your Dad! He looks like a natural. And if that stuff is in your scrap pile I need to start swinging by your mill sometime!

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So my dad got a lathe

Dang,looks like pops got that magic touch,beautifull work.

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Looks like he could teach classes ... very nice

I need a scrape pile like that to raid
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I started on a shopsmith. Not a bad tool and you can do a lot of work with it but in all honesty the lathe is not up to todays standards. A good quality mini lathe like the Jet will run so much smoother that your cuts are cleaner which of course requires less sanding.
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Looks like your dad is off to a good start Daren. Helps when you access to a good scrap pile. Now you'll have to really keep an eye on him. He's going to be needing a bandsaw, planer, dust collector, sharpening system, etc.........of his own!
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He's going to be needing a bandsaw, planer, dust collector, sharpening system, etc.........of his own!
He has a much nicer wood shop that mine Mike, he already has all that stuff and more. He just never bought a lathe because he heard it was addictive/never felt interested really....what I have to watch for is my little Jet lathe walking off .
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I wish my kids' dad could get a lathe.

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Daren,

Lock up your wood pile

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post #11 of 13 Old 07-30-2009, 08:11 PM
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Rank has it's privilege!

My Dad would be welcome to any wood in my stash, he got me started in woodworking by building a workbench for me at age 6. It had a real clamp on vise! Oh those memories. The man, your dad, has talent and it's obviously in the genes. bill

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If your Dad's a learner turner (not Lana Turner) then I think I'll chuck my lathe tools and take up golf. I couldn't match that

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He seems to be a fast learner.
Ya' think?! Good grief, Daren, the things you and your dad put together in an afternoon "killing time" make me want to throw all my tools away one instant and practice practice practice the next. Frustrating and inspiring at the same time.

I'm sure he's already gotten the bug, turning (no pun intended) out bowls like that as a first effort.
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