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04-29-2015 02:01 PM

Buying a lathe is more than lathe + chisels = off we go! - 25 replies

So I’m ready to add a lathe to my workshop and I think I’ve decided on one. So now I need some chisels, right? But while researching chisels I discovered that MOST turning tools don’t come pre-sharpened? So now I need a bench grinder. And, as I know nothing about sharpening turning tools, I probably need a book or two. And a pr...

04-21-2015 10:14 PM

Lathe w/ extension versus "full-size" lathe - 18 replies

I make table/desk lamps and would like to start turning some lamp bases. This, of course, requires drilling out the length of the piece for lamp cord so any lathe I buy would, in theory, need to have twice the length of my lamp base in turning capacity (the piece + the drill bit). I currently only have plans for shorter pieces in the 8” ta...

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