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    Hello everyone

    Hello , everyone . My name is Don and I live in in North London , I have stumbled across the world if wood turning on youtube and it really has got my imagination working overtime . A chap from another forum pointed me in the direction of this forum👍 I would like to begin turning and have the space and time but no experience of any kind of lathe work . So I would like to start with , what would be a good starter lathe . I like the idea of pen making but youtube has lead me on to wanting to make bowls and a host of other items
    Thanks for now
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    Welcome Don.
    Best advice is to look around for a local woodturning club.
    That way you get hands on experience plus advice.
    Having said that, this forum has a great deal of experience and just ask if you come up with a problem.

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    Welcome to the forum,Don.
    Make friends and ask plenty.
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    Hello Don welcome to the forum.
    You know your old when your sweetie says "lets go upstairs and make love" and you reply "honey, I can't do both."

     
     
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    Hello Don, it’s nice to have you with us.
    Kind regards John.

     
     
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    Thanks everyone �� having fun looking around the web and watching youtube videos . So much to absorb and yes I will be asking lots of questions ��
    Thanks again
    Don
    Also found a local club to me in Barnet so may well pop along to their next meet

     
     
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    Welcome to the forum Don. For the basics of wood turning there are good videos by Mike Waldt and Sam Angelo on ‘tube, but I would also echo the advice of visiting a local club. There is a huge amount on this forum too and certainly do not feel unable to ask. We all have to learn and asking is often the best way There s no such thing as a daft question.

     
     
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    Hi Don - welcome to the Forum

    I echo the advice to visit a club, and I see you've got on top of that already.

    To answer your lathe question directly though, I'm sure you've already done a fair bit of research, so you'll know what sort of money they are. Set yourself a brief, taking into account what you think you want to do on the lathe now, and where you might be in terms of capability and experience in a couple of years time. You probably feel don't want to go overboard on the price, just in case, but you probably also feel that you don't really want to have to change it in a couple of years if your skills and ambitions have exceeded its capabilities.

    Important questions to ask yourself are what diameter can be turned on the lathe? Does it have variable speed, and if so, is it electronic or done via a belt change? Can it run in reverse? What length can it cope with? What is the build quality? Does it have hollow headstock and tailstock quills? Is it 1 morse taper or 2 morse Taper? Is the motor sufficient for he capacity? Some of these are less important than others, but after a visit to your club, they will slip into perspective and their significance will be more obvious, and you'll have more of an idea of what you need, why you need it, and how much you're going to have to shell out for it.

    (How's that for a lengthy answer that doesn't really tell you anything)?
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    I recommend a bare lathe and depending how handy you are fit a variable speed control on a three phase motor,gives single phase to three phase power. WElcome from over here. Later today I will take pics of my relocated Vicmarc Vl100 to illustrate my recommendation. It is over twenty years old now. Cant beat class. WElcome from over here.Desparate for time now setting up my Vicmarc VL150 inthe last couple of years.

    Look for the best you can afford and have fun.

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    I recommend a bare lathe and depending how handy you are fit a variable speed control on a three phase motor,gives single phase to three phase power. WElcome from over here. Later today I will take pics of my relocated Vicmarc Vl100 to illustrate my recommendation. It is over twenty years old now. Cant beat class. WElcome from over here.For starters setting up my Vicmarc VL150 in the last couple of years. Must is join a wood group.

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