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#1 posted 09-10-2020 05:05 AM

I’ve been out of town, so didn’t respond. What’s in the picture $325 is too much. looks like a Harbor Freight lathe . In some of the woodworking magazines, HF offers super coupons for $299 once and awhile for that style lathe. But you still need to add the costs for additional accessories. I think you’ll enjoy the Turncrafter lathe, I think it’s a better lathe than the Delta pictured. Later on you may consider the extension bed if you decide to turn longer spindles. As we all mentioned, Easy to spend moola for all the extra options in turning. Rockler has Nova chucks on sale quite often (just for future info).

Around here in the Craft Shows, they get $25-$30 for the slim line pen and $35-$40 for the bolt action style. So you could possibly get your costs back over time. Add pepper mills, seam rippers, long shoe horns, pizza cutters, pocket watches, potpourri bowls and garden tools to the mix, and you could become a craftshow vendor. Have fun.

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