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WoodenDreams

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#1 posted 09-07-2020 11:26 PM

Easy to spend someone elses money. Turning can be a addictive hobby and very easy to spend on a lot of money on accessories, chucks, turning supplies, chisels, etc. I’d start out with no less than a 1/2 hp lathe. And upgrade or add a nicer lathe later.

Many companies out there for kits, turning supplies and lathes. Most offer free catalogs. Rockler.com, woodcraft.com, Packardwoodworks.com, woodturngz.com, pennstateind.com, ptreeusa.com, leevalley.com just to name a few.

Carbide turning tools have less of a learning curve verses the other turning chisels. But more expensive. One advantage is less sharpening, just a matter of rotating the cutter inserts and replacing inserts when worn (about $16 each). The starter pen sets are about $70 https://www.rockler.com/starter-pen-turning-kit, they usually include enough to turn 3 or 4 pens.

A Harbor freight lathe is inexpensive starter lathe https://www.harborfreight.com/5-speed-bench-top-wood-lathe-65345.html?_br_psugg_q=lathe.

Then you have Grizzly https://www.grizzly.com/wood-lathes?rankBy=price+asc

Then there’s Penn State Ind. They offer package deals. https://www.pennstateind.com/store/KWL-10SSB.html Penn State Ind I think is a good choice.


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