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    Actually any lathe that you can afford and put on your bench or in your workshop will do, if it has a capability to turn then it will work. The most important thing is that the point on the headstock matches up with the point on the tail stock....If it doesn't then it doesn't matter whether it cost £1-00 or £1000000-00 its useless.

    Yes it would be great if it could hold a mandrel and that the mandrel is versatile and can hold many things and that the internal holding points are 2 MT because 1mt is less catered for and 3 MT is for huge lathes and big pieces; it would be even better if it had variable speed and could turn 2 metres in diameter (mine can). But it is useless if the centres are not 'in centre'.

    I started on a record CL1 and made a fair amount of money on it, it could turn the headstock and make bigger bowls and it made beautiful pens, then I became more proficient in the tool usage and could cut deeper and faster and make bigger bowls so I bought a 3.5 HP machine; it still makes beautiful pens and big bowls and boxes and huge off centre wall hangings but I made sure that the points were dead centre.....0.05mm out is bad workmanship.

    Finally, are you a business or a hobbyist? there is no difference in their competence or quality, merely in the drive for quantity and production speed, as a business I needed to produce...... as a retired business I have the luxury of the kit with the aimlessness of the hobbyist. Retirement with the kit is fun

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    It a personal thing but I dont like turning wood on my metal lathe, the dust gets every where an sticks to the oil.
    The twats the had my Hercus 260 turned wood on it and the little bit I have looked in side of it, there is wood dust, chips every where. The one is the next one to get rebuilt.

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    Hi I am 63 so plan to give myself till retirement to get good enough to make pens people may want to buy.
    Not expecting to make a lot of cash more to keep me busy.if I buy the right kit now and get good quality I should be ok to get my self proficient enough.
    A list of other items I need would help already have a drill press,band saw,chop saw,metal lathe.
    I would also like to make pen boxes to match pens.
    I have done some silver work in the past so looking to add some value that way as well
    Have I allowed a reasonable time scale to learn do you think.
    Also what would be a rough idea of what I could get for a pen in a handmade box with and without silver additions.
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    How long is a piece of string Albert? To properly price your pens and boxes you will first have to make some and prove proficiency to match pricing. Enjoy the journey by seeking wood groups near you.

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    Hi

    Get yourself along to the Teesside woodturners club and meet the guys there... they meet every week and have 10 lathes...

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    I have learnt you can turn it and burn it

     
     
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    Albert, don’t be tempted to buy any special pen making jigs, they’re often a waste of money. If in doubt ask on here first.

     
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21William View Post
    Albert, don’t be tempted to buy any special pen making jigs, they’re often a waste of money. If in doubt ask on here first.
    You can always put them on top of your cupboards to collect dust.

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    Hi,

    I bought a Axminster lathe like the one you have mentioned. It is abolutely excellent. I have turned bowls, spindles and pens. Should last you for years.
    Not cheap I agree but not as expensive as the Jet of similar specifications.


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