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Posted on For folks who are not primarily turners, what do you use your lathe for and how often?

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#1 posted 04-18-2017 04:02 PM

Depending on volume, it would be a lot more efficient, both time and $’s, to have your friendly turner make the occasional parts. If I don’t use my lathe for a few months, it takes a while to polish the skills back up to the point of actually making something good enough to use. I use my lathe for other things than bowls, vases, etc, but if I had known someone locally with a lathe to make a few tool handles and such I doubt I would have gotten one. The “turning bug” bit me though, and I spend a lot of time on the lathe and enjoy it enough to upgrade to a better machine. Even though I can now turn legs etc for flat work I still prefer square/rectangle shapes vs round in those designs.

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