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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 12-25-2018 11:24 PM 1072 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was at Christmas lunch today when my uncle and aunt told me to come by their house they wanted to give me a few things. Long story, short my uncle was getting rid of all his woodworking equipment. He had a lot of new, old stock of equipment just in boxes he never used. I got a 1/2” mortise press, a 4 HP lathe, a mortise attachment for a drill press, a new 2 hp Craftsman router, a drill press, a bunch of tools and gouges and a dovetail jig. All of this stuff was in boxes and never used, but was purchased about 10 to 15 years ago. Looks like I got to do some reconfiguration within my shop.

Anyone has any good tutorials on wood turning?

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#1 posted 12-26-2018 12:16 AM

GRATZ :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 12-26-2018 12:27 AM

Yeah, yeah, yeah and its not even April …so where is the evidence?

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 12-26-2018 05:45 AM

Pictures or it didn’t happen! LOL

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#4 posted 12-26-2018 02:54 PM

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#5 posted 12-26-2018 03:00 PM

He must be your favorite Uncle.

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#6 posted 12-26-2018 06:05 PM

Never met a wood turner in real life but I heard they do exist. Everything I ever learned about turning (and woodworking) I learned off of youtube.

i.e. Searching “Basic Woodturning techniques+”

Most areas have a local turners chapter too.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 12-26-2018 06:58 PM

See if there are any local turning groups. If you have local specialty stores (Woodcraft, Rockler, etc) check out if they have classes. If you are really lucky your local community programs will have classes. A basic class will help you shorten the time to learn but you can still learn from the videos and experimentation. Tons of info on this forum scattered all around as well.

most importantly, have fun. I turn ‘wands’ for practice because they are essentially spindles with no actual requirements and when you finish them, you can give them away to kids.

There are a lot of resources on YouTube. So many that you will be buried and possibly overwhelmed. Pick an idea, play with it. Get a face shield if you don’t have one. I use this: which seems to be on sale at the moment.

YouTube links to help filter your searches.
Carl Jacobson – Has a lot of videos and playlist of Turning Basics’ <->s a rich source of information, tips and ideas.

Tim Yodar – Used to have a show on PBS. Lots of good information on turning and projects. Also some goofy videos….

-- -Steven Peck,

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#8 posted 12-26-2018 11:21 PM

Thanks for the pictures now I beleave. LOL

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#9 posted 12-27-2018 08:24 PM

Oh yes now the story is half believable as the pictures are sideways,
But I guess I should give you a ”You Suck” anyway.*
As for tutorals read the manuals exercise care using them and practice if it dosen’t feel right dont do it.
Failing that follow the advice provided above. Enjoy them all!

and whats? this Dark Lightning just bagged a spammer before me! rats thats one mark I missed.
...almost forgot excellent job on the dolls house!!
  • its a term used by LJs when a member posts a gloat or similar just a humour reply no other meaning.

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 12-28-2018 07:10 PM

Congratulations on your windfall.Most woodworking tool stores have how to books by known craftsmen. I think almost any book available covering the basics would give you a good start. Don’t expect too much from that inexpensive low powered lathe though and I hope it will be good enough to keep you interested enough to eventually invest in something better and with more power. Have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 12-28-2018 10:38 PM

Congrats enjoy these great gifts.

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