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Old 01-24-2018, 08:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Morning All, I was thinking about getting a lathe, which became hours of time looking at pictures on IG, videos on Youtube, tons of articles and then I found you guys. Great info here!

A little about me, I'm a Brit who's been living in the Caribbean for the last 25 years, I'm on a couple of watch forums (stay away they'll make you spend money!), co drive rally cars and like offshore fishing, although I can't remember the last time we towed a line.

I've always liked woodwork but haven't touched anything beyond repairing a chair or two since school. Recently I've had a growing desire to start making things and thought about leather work, which would have fit nicely with the watch problem I have, but I wasn't moved enough to start. A friend of mine recently built a knife shop and started making knives which has been very inspiring. I started looking at metal lathes after seeing some custom watch tools online but realized I don't have the area to set that up and then I found wood turning and pens. The idea of crafting a pen from a blank that I could potential make from local wood is fascinating me, so after a couple of weeks on the internet I'm ready to order but have some (embarrassingly newbie) questions that I hope I can ask here? Such as:

Do I need to go MT2 or can I go with a Wen MT1 lathe?
Should I just buy one of the packages from PSI (I like the 10" with the RPM display)?
I'd like to make a chess set as a gift should I try the duplicator and kit or wait till I have some experience and try turning one by hand?

There are more but I'll try to find the correct forums to post in. Thanks for having me here, I'm looking forward to being part of the forum.
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Welcome to the forum James. Now the addiction begins!
Your idea of the PSI starter with the 10" VS is a good one. I would think the MT2 would be best and would allow you to proceed beyond pens if you wished to.

I would wait on the duplicator as it is geared to production work. Believe you should get your feet wet with turning and learning before trying a duplicator.
Have fun with your new hobby and keep coming back to this forum. Get help and information here from good folks who are willing to share. After you have made a pen or two send us your pictures to share. Best of luck.
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Old 01-24-2018, 09:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Thanks TurnCrazy, more and more I think I'll skip the duplicator for now, my main reason for looking at it was I really want to try a chess set that if it turns out right would make an ideal gift (I have until April), the other reason is it's not cheap getting stuff to Trinidad so getting the most into one shipment makes sense for me.

I forgot to mention I'm left handed which I understand can be a challenge. Although I golf and bat right handed, tennis and shoot left.
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Welcome from Colorado. We also have a Trinidad but probably much colder.
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I'm left-handed only with writing and eating. Everything else, I do right handed but have learned to use both sides. Welcome to the forum. Also, look at American Association of Woodturners for more on turning.
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Hi James !! . Welcome to IAP !! ... Go with MT2 ... there are a lot more accessories readily available.

A small metal working lathe does not take up any more room than a wood lathe.

I have been using such a lathe for pens for 8 years. . Weighs less than 100 lbs. . It is very similar to the smallest of the lathes that Grizzly sells, or Harbor Freight. . You can get a similar, and considerably better, small metal lathe from littlemachineshop.com.
I would also try sources closer to you, like in Florida or maybe even Brazil
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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I'm left-handed only with writing and eating. Everything else, I do right handed but have learned to use both sides. Welcome to the forum. Also, look at American Association of Woodturners for more on turning.


Iíll look them up, not sure how I havenít come across the site yet.


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Hi James !! . Welcome to IAP !! ... Go with MT2 ... there are a lot more accessories readily available.

A small metal working lathe does not take up any more room than a wood lathe.

I have been using such a lathe for pens for 8 years. . Weighs less than 100 lbs. . It is very similar to the smallest of the lathes that Grizzly sells, or Harbor Freight. . You can get a similar, and considerably better, small metal lathe from littlemachineshop.com.
I would also try sources closer to you, like in Florida or maybe even Brazil

Itís not so much the size but where I have to put it, I can deal with wood shavings but I donít think I metal filings there would be a good idea. If I get to that Iíll put one in your race shop.
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Welcome from Colorado. We also have a Trinidad but probably much colder.


Thank you, yep just a little warmer here!
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Welcome from South Carolina.
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Welcome from Texas, James.

You should have no problem finding lots of really nice local woods in Trinidad. I was there on a business trip a couple of years ago and managed to locate a small sawmill near Mayaro on the east side of your island. I aked the owner if he had any scrap wood and he showed me a small mountain of wood and asked me how much I wanted.

He let me select the boards I wanted & then he cut them to the lengths that would fit in my suitcase. I only had room for a few boards, but it is really nice wood and he didn't charge me anything for them. I gave him one of my pens & he was thrilled.
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