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I was given an older...circa early 1950's shopsmith from my wifes great grandfather. I have never turned anything before but the pieces to use the shopsmith as a lathe are there, just no tools. I have been reading this forum and other online articles about turning. However, I'm wondering if a guy can get started turning with a set of tools and if down the road I am able and like it I could upgrade a tool at a time or something. Would some of the sets out there work....I've seen 4, 6, and 8 piece sets anywhere from 50 to 400 dollars. Do you have any recommendations for a set that would get me started...I'd rather not start with the best and pay out tons to figure out I don't like doing it. I realize the better the tool the better the results...but I'm not sure what I think about turning yet and would like to give it a shot.


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Check these out.
As a Shopsmith owner I can vouch for the quality of these tools. Not overpriced at all.
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I actually started out with a $50 set of harbor freight tools and bought or made what I needed (wanted) as I went along. I still use some of the HF tools. Just make sure whatever you get are high speed steel (HSS).

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You could also try Penn State Industries they have some decent lathe tools.
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