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post #1 of 10 Old 05-18-2010, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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What would you recommend?

I've only been turning since last Christmas, just pens and spindles. I have a Ridgid lathe (MT1), a 6" face plate, a pen mandrel, and some gouges and skews (no bowl turning gouges/scrapers).

Anyway, I want to turn something besides pens and spindles now, but I will be upgrading to a Nova lathe this summer so I don't want to buy stuff that won't transfer over well or require a costly adapter. The Nova is MT2 and has a different spindle.

What can I get that will allow me to turn something else and easily work with the next lathe? I'd like to keep the budget at about $200 right now. I'd like to turn just about anything else, but I am more interested in small bowls and candle holders.

I'd appreciate any advice on the next purchase.

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I would say I'm in the same boat experience wise, but I'm not even at the dock yet. (Poor attempt at humor). I've got a couple of bowl gouges already, but if I had to do it over again, I would try one of Thompson's Tools 1/2" V-shaped bowl gouges. My impression from a lot of people on this site is that they are easier to learn with then other gouges. I believe they are reasonably priced by comparison to Sorby or Henry Taylor, etc. Highly rated here on this site. Once I grind mine down in use, it will be the next one I buy. They come unhandled, but that shouldn't be a problem given your experience level.
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Get yourself a nice chuck. You can get one that takes adapters for differing spindle threads. It is pretty much impossible to do bowls without one. Once you have one you won't know how you lived without it. When you change lathes you can simply get a new $25 spindle adapter for the chuck.
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I would agree on both accounts. I love my chucks although I bought the Vicmarc's which are a little over $200. Probably one of the best buys I've done because I use them constantly.
I also agree that the Thompson bowl gouge is a really sweet tool. I don't think it's any easier to use than any other gouge it just holds an edge longer has a good shape to the flute and is priced very reasonable for the quality tool that you get.
Many years ago I purchased a Nova live center. It has several different points that can be swapped out. This is one of the best deals I've invested in as well but then I turn a wide variety of things and actually use all of those centers.
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Great ideas, guys. Thanks! I ordered a Barracuda chuck set and I'll look into the recommended gouge next. The chuck seemed to get decent reviews and was in my price range. I think it'll do for a beginner like myself.

I'll post again later with my first project using it (the first one that doesn't get scrapped, anyway).

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I just love spending other peoples' money! Sounds like a good decision. The barracuda's seem to have a very loyal following and they're priced right. Plus you get an assortment of jaws with them and that's not the case with any other chuck on the market.
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This may sound like heresy to some people, but I would recommend buying the cheapest (harbor freight) tools that you can find until you learn how to sharpen. It is a painful experience watching a nice gouge grow shorter and shorter because you aren't grinfding properly. After you learn to grind I would get some better tools.
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This may sound like heresy to some people, but I would recommend buying the cheapest (harbor freight) tools that you can find until you learn how to sharpen. It is a painful experience watching a nice gouge grow shorter and shorter because you aren't grinfding properly. After you learn to grind I would get some better tools.
I don't think it's heresy Ute, but looking at it from the other side of th coin; If you buy a Thompson or other quality tool, you'll learn how to become effecient at sharpening much quicker. You'd be surprised how quick you pick it up when you're grinding away more expensive steel.
I have an old timer friend around the corner from me that belongs to the same woodturning club. He has a lot of exotic wood blanks sitting in his shop, many over ten years. He was under the thought process that he didn't want to attempt to turn one of his good blanks until he felt comfortable doing it. One of the expert turners in our club told him to go home after the meeting, get out the most expensive blank he has, and turn something out of it. He said if you wait until you think you are good enough, you'll never turn much anything. Good advice.
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Get yourself a nice chuck. You can get one that takes adapters for differing spindle threads. It is pretty much impossible to do bowls without one. Once you have one you won't know how you lived without it. When you change lathes you can simply get a new $25 spindle adapter for the chuck.
a lathe without a chuck is like a boat with one ore

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Definitely chucks are the go. I have 5 SN2 and would not be with out them. I run them on three different lathes using adapters.

The idea of having a few cheap tools to practice on is a good one. But better still get your self along to your local turning club and get some first hand, hands on training on how best to sharpen your tools. By doing this you could avoid buying an el cheapo set and put the money into better tools. Most of theses clubs meet often enough to get your tool checked and sharpened on a regular basis. With grinding jig it wont take that long to master sharpening

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