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Forum topic by Stanley Coker posted 01-24-2014 10:27 PM 1077 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley Coker

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01-24-2014 10:27 PM

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Finally decided to take a try at turning. I got a lathe from one of my brothers that he got when he bought a shop full of stuff. He said that he was going to give it away or something, so I got it and going to try to get it useable. I was looking for some good books to get me started. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#1 posted 01-24-2014 10:46 PM

Ernie Conover’s book is worthwhile … and you can get it for free!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 11:55 PM

Books and videos are great, but it is best to get some hands-on instruction and guidance first. Developing some good techniques and habits from the start will go a long ways to making turning fun.

I see that the Woodcraft in Atlanta is having turning this classes this weekend and next weekend. Get on over there and glean some good techniques from the classes. Usually the class attendees get a discount on purchases during the day of classes, so that could defray some of the class fee.

There are several woodturner organizations in your area as well. Here are some:

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#3 posted 01-25-2014 02:55 AM

Yes books and videos are great…Good advice to attend your local woodturners club…Remember when you get a lathe you will need accessories like tools/something to sharpen them also-its never ending…What kind of lathe did you receive?...

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 01-25-2014 11:09 AM

Seems generic I know but youtube has many many good videos and I would suggest learning how each tool works on scrap before jumping into a project. Turn slow to get the hang of it and have fun. Soft wood is good for learning and confidence. Just keep in mind lathe tools dull pretty fast so keeping them sharp is the biggest battle.

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Stanley Coker

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#5 posted 01-25-2014 12:39 PM

My brother also gave a big box full of tools. I have a Worksharp 3000 to keep them sharp. The maintance guys at the plant where I work are making me a stand for the lathe. I will have to get a chuck to do bowls. Looking forward in trying, if it does not work out, at least I will have very little invested.
Thanks everyone for the information.


-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#6 posted 01-25-2014 06:33 PM

Not sure where you live, but the Chattahoochee Woodturners meets in Gainesville, GA. We have hands on turning once a month. More info by checking our website.

A good book is Keith Rowleys’s book Woodturning: A Foundation Course.
Another favorite of mine is Richard Raffan’s Illustrated Guide to Woodturning. It is in hardback.

Often overlooked is see what is available at your local library to get started.

Some good Youtube stuff out their. This has gotten some good comments.

-- MPax, Atlanta

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