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Blog entry by rsmith71 posted 05-28-2010 02:53 AM 1337 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got some great news this week! Finally got my income tax refund back and got the go ahead to spend it on new toys/tools! I’ve been researching and and contemplating and decided to finally take the plunge into turning.
I want to say thanks to everybody who takes the time to post reviews. That has really been a great help in deciding not only what wouldn’t be worth the money but what might be a good fit for my budget and needs.

Anyway, Staurday I am going first to HF and getting the Central Machinery lathe. Thanks to dbhost and dustbunny, I’ve read and re-read the review and comments countless times while thinking about getting a lathe. I may even get the HF turning tools until I decide what to get for the long run. The lathe just went back on sale for $249.99 and I have a 20% off coupon, that makes it $216 after taxes.

Next, is Woodcraft. I want a chuck and Woodriver has a self-centering 4-jaw that has gotten a good review from Charles Neil that will fit in my budget. I also want the wavy-edged bowl sanding set for my routed bowls as well as other projects.

Finally, it’s off to Rockler. After agonizing over whether or not I NEEDED a sharpening system I found I had a 15% off coupon for Rockler that came with a magazine subscription of mine. That gets me a Work Sharp 3000 for $184 after taxes.
Needless to say, I can’t wait for Saturday! Once I get home and get some time to let it sink in and to get familiar with my new purchases, I will let you know how it went!

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#1 posted 05-28-2010 03:59 AM

Good luck with your lathe. Lathe turning is addicting for me and I try to turn something everyday. Just play around with it at first, experiment different things and eventually you will find a favorite thing/object to turn. Mine happens to be vases, vessels and hollow forms. I haven’t perfected my techniques yet but I’m getting there. Main thing is to have fun and be safe! Wear full face shields all the time at the lathe, you never know when something will fly off/apart and most of the time it seems to go for your face.

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 05-28-2010 04:14 AM

Can’t wait to see what you get!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 05-28-2010 04:18 AM

Shoot, I got envious as soon as you said “tax refund”, let alone reading about all those new toys you’re going to be playing with!

Have fun, and be careful with that lathe…. they are seriously addictive.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 05-28-2010 05:52 AM

great enjoy

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#5 posted 05-28-2010 07:09 AM

Nice! Aren’t tax refunds great? Thanks to mine, I finally have a drill press, and a shoulder plane is on its way from Canada. Maybe next year I’ll get a little lathe….have fun with your new toys!

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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#6 posted 05-29-2010 03:38 PM

If you don’t have one yet pick up a face shield at one of your stops just in case something decides to leave the lathe unexpectedly

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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