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    New to the forum

    Good morning, I have just registered to this forum to pick up tips and ideas. I have finally managed to get a shed big enough with space to have a lathe. I have never used one before but like the thought of being able to.
    Everyone on YouTube makes it look so easy but i'm sure it isn't!
    Advice on a good lathe to start out on would be welcome. I am currently scouring the second hand market sites and hoping Christmas is kind to me.


     
     
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    Hi Jeff - welcome to the fold.

    I hope you enjoy your new prospective hobby. It can be a pretty deep rabbit hole though, so you need to make sure you're buying the right things for the right reasons. The best lathe is going to be dependent on what you see yourself needing from it, therefore what suits one person may not necessarily suit another. To help decide on a lathe, I would say though that you ought to set yourself a brief of things that it simply must have, which for me would have to include electronic variable speed control, and hollow quills in the tail and head stock. The best advice I can give you though would be to see if there is a local woodturning club that you can pop along to. The members there will be able to help you make sense of all the different aspects of a lathe, so you can more easily work out what features you'd like it to have.

    (Oh, and set yourself a budget. No, wait - you said Christmas is a factor. OK forget the budget - just be very helpful with the housework)

    Good to have you with us Jeff.- Everyone here had to start somewhere once upon a time, so don't be afraid to ask about anything you'd like to know - there will normally be someone around who knows the answer.
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    Welcome to the forum ask as may questions as you like try doing a search on the forum to see if a question has been asked before(mind you if like me i am teribble at finding things with any search).

    I think that you need to look at how much you are prepared to spend on the lathe plus cost of accessories Chucks tools and other bits and pieces.

    Another thing is the size what do you want to or like to turn.

    Whatever you do, do not buy cheap a lathe from the likes of Clarkes and some of the cheap shops like Aldi many of them are odd-sized threads and even don't have a morse taper in the head stock or tailstock which will limit what can be done as well as being very frustrating.

    If you can give an idea to the first two points it will make it easier to advise you.

    Phil posted at the same time and I have to agree, find a local turning club have a look on the AWGB site as they give a list of many clubs, they are well worth joining for hands on as well as advice.
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    Hi Jeff,
    welcome to the forum. Ask away any questions, we are a friendly bunch here.
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    Welcome Jeff.
    Ask plenty and you will pick things up quickly.
    Enjoy your new hobby
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    Hello and welcome Jeff, very sound advise has been given already. We will be here for you and your questions.
    Kind regards John.

     
     
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    Welcome Jeff. Phil's advice to find a club to visit is type notch. Any experienced turner will help you wade through all the hype. If you can find a mentor, even better. My advise is have fun.
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    I made my first lathe,man that taught me heaps.Had a number of different ones since. I am a club man from day one more fun in sharing with mates.I am a life member of my Wood Guild.

    Enjoy the journey Jeff.Welcome from drought and fire country over here.

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    Thanks for your welcomes and advice. I am initially aiming to be able to turn a half decent pen but would eventually like to progress to small bowls and boxes. The Axminster Craft AC305WL Woodturning Lathe appeals to me as it has the variable speed and what seems to me like the ability to facilitate my ambitions as my skill level progresses (hopefully), but they are extremely rare second hand and the budget doesn't quite stretch that far as well as the accessories needed. Reasonably close to me Ed Oliver runs a 3 hour course in pen turning which is the christmas hint to the wife. Kent woodturners club seems to be the closest to my location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffadams View Post
    Thanks for your welcomes and advice. I am initially aiming to be able to turn a half decent pen but would eventually like to progress to small bowls and boxes. The Axminster Craft AC305WL Woodturning Lathe appeals to me as it has the variable speed and what seems to me like the ability to facilitate my ambitions as my skill level progresses (hopefully), but they are extremely rare second hand and the budget doesn't quite stretch that far as well as the accessories needed. Reasonably close to me Ed Oliver runs a 3 hour course in pen turning which is the christmas hint to the wife. Kent woodturners club seems to be the closest to my location.
    Jeff
    There maybe other woodturning clubs that are not on the AWGB site so some form of search on the web may show them up.

    You won't go too far wrong with Ed he is a good teacher. Don't tell him I said so. We both belong to the same club.
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