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  1. To all fellow turners out there which lathe(s) have you worked with? Which are your favorite(s)? And why? 

    Unfortunately I cannot have anything with a large bed because my constraint is 36” for the bed length. However I can do something with a large(r) swing. As I primarily turn bowls this is fantastic. I’ve been looking at Laguna, and Nova brands but I would love some other opinions. 


  2. On 7/2/2022 at 10:55 PM, wtnhighlander said:

    The swirl of light and dark grain is going to be lovely when those are finished! Let's hope they dry well.

    I thought so as well. I thought about avoiding most of the sap wood but after the first one got off the lathe I decided they were pretty cool. They both got a coat of tree saver and put into my little “kiln” so they should*** be ok but we’ll see here in about month or two 

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  3. On 6/20/2022 at 8:36 PM, wtnhighlander said:

    Oak gets a bad rap in many cases

    Agreed.  Now with that said, I'm not sure it was 100% the best wood to learn how to turn with but it was what I had and I had plenty of it.  If anything it taught me that sharpening often is probably the largest key to keeping things safe and efficiency. 

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  4. Reference prices where I get my stock for walnut:

    s4s at supplier: $16-22/bf

    rough from mill I buy from: $6-10/bf

    I personally enjoy the milling process as well but the cost savings with just a few projects allowed me to upgrade a planer and bandsaw alone. 


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  5. On 4/16/2022 at 8:23 PM, JohnG said:

    If you don’t want to bag it or otherwise manage the moisture content, take it down to final thickness. It’ll go out of round but that will give it a chance to not crack.

    It’s not that I don’t want to bag it or keep it from cracking. I’ve recently bought some wax sealant and a plethora of brown paper sacks. This piece was more of just getting to know how every thing reacts and testing out my tools on green lumber vs dried pieces. All in all an experiment piece. 

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  6. On 4/16/2022 at 6:10 PM, Gary Beasley said:

    It helps. You didnt have it bagged? Definitely a death sentence for red oak. Something you might want to try is drop the piece in a bucket of water for a while and see if the cracks close. If they do blow out the water and wick some glue into it and see if it holds when you dry it in a bag.

    It’s white oak. And no I didn’t bag it because it was a legit practice piece and I wanted to see how bad it would crack and all that stuff for my knowledge going forward. It came from a fallen branch in my back yard after a small ice storm so I wasn’t too disappointed or anything with it cracking. It also helps it was the first piece I turned and was completely expecting it go haywire. All in all a win for me. 

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  7. On 3/26/2022 at 6:50 AM, wtnhighlander said:

    Deep recesses in such a relatively narrow opening are not simple to execute. I think you have a future in turning

    It was also a great opportunity to sharpen my gouges to what I think I’d like. Lots of trial and error but I think I got them where I want them. 

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  8. On 3/25/2022 at 10:16 PM, Coop said:

    And I bet once it’s sanded and a finish applied, a damn fine one it will be! 

    I hope so! Needs to dry and be turned again. The tree I made it from had branches taken down about 2 months ago. So we’ll find out here about two or three months how it holds up

  9. On 3/21/2022 at 11:53 AM, Mark J said:

    I'll add my 2 cents. 

    2 cents?!? More like 50 cents!  And all of it is much much appreciated.  

    On 3/21/2022 at 11:53 AM, Mark J said:

    Don't shoot for a vase or hollow form until you are more comfortable with bowls.

    This was absolutely the goal I was shooting for.  I know that starting with a large hollow vessel is definitely not advised.  I have recently come into about 40 or 50 various blanks that I plan on making into various different bowls before I start getting into medium/small hollow vessels.  


    As for grinds on the tools I was planning on getting 3 different gouges/grinds.  The main work horse was going to be a 1/2",  55* swept back Irish grind with the heel being ground down slightly as well.  Then my roughing grind was going to be a 5/8", 40/40 grind. Lastly having a micro bevel 60-65* bottoming tool but I'm unsure on what the flute size should be (1/2"? 5/8"?).  And finally I would have a standard 45* fingernail grind that was 3/8" for detail work.  I'm kind of wanting to get all of these so I can figure out "what fits best". 

    On 3/21/2022 at 11:53 AM, Mark J said:

    There is the original Varigrind and the Varigrind 2

    I planned on getting the Varigrind 2 to start out with since I'm new to sharpening turning tools.  They just didn't have one there when I was at the store grabbing the Wolverine guide but a truck was coming in with a few this week. 

    In regards to education and videos I've had a ton of luck watching the Craft Supplies videos/tutorials online and also Kent from's videos have been exceptionally helpful.  I would love to take a class but my day job in healthcare limits the amount of time I can get off (staff shortages, Covid, etc, etc). 

    Again, thank you all for the advise and posts.  Its a great community we have here on the forums. 




  10. On 3/20/2022 at 11:41 PM, JohnG said:

    Don't try to turn a bowl blank with a spindle gouge!

    +1 to this for sure.  The only thing I've seen any turners use a spindle gouge for is to put a slight dovetail on the tenons they're going to throw in the chuck.  Also going through the videos I'm seeing people draw red or black lines down the center of the flutes just for the fact that if they can see any portion of the line while cutting they're in danger. 

  11. Hello!

    I've officially been bit by the turning bug....pretty hard.  My YouTube recommendations is nothing but turning videos at this point.  However I'm kind of stuck on a couple things.  

    1. I have a pretty basic tools set at this time. I bought the Steelex 6 piece set that comes with the case because the gentleman at the Woodsmith Store told me it would get me off in the right direction, and it definitely has.  I've turned some random....things? what I would call them.  Basically just practice pieces, but with reading and watching videos I do not think I have the correct tooling for what I actually want to do, which is bowls and vases. I do have a chuck with 50mm jaws and a screw chuck. Now comes the question.  What grinds/sizes of gouges do the turner's here like/recommend?  I know there isn't a solid "its the only way" answer to this question, but I'm looking for general consensus.   

    2. I have the capability of sharpening however...are the Raptor guides really worth it?  I know they produce the same angle and what not but if the grinder is going to be very specific just for turning tools and if I mark on the Wolverine guide itself, are the raptor set-ups necessary?

    3. I'm left handed, meaning I hold the handle of all my tools with my left hand and every person I'm seeing/reading about does it almost exclusively right handed.  And a limitation to our lathe is that it does not have a reverse.  So basically my stance for some things is extremely awkward/limiting.  Should I just learn to use the tools with my right hand?

    Apologies for the long post but I'm trying to really dive into this rabbit hole because I know potential of this type of work and really, really, enjoy turning so far.  Also, if it matters for any of the above the lathe has a 17" swing and a 46" bed length with a 2hp motor.



  12. On 3/17/2022 at 3:42 PM, Chet said:

    Release the lever on the back to change a blade, push the lever back up to tension the new blade and adjust as needed with the knob.  Easy Pesy.

    +1 to this.  Its been an absolute delight to use the Laguna in the shop.  I ended up getting a mobile base for it as well.  Mainly because it sits in the area that can be cleared out to glue up large tables/panels/etc.  Been worth every penny so far. 

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  13. The 14/12 has been an awesome addition to our shop. I haven’t had any issues with changing the blade from the RK to a more delicate blade so I’m not 100% sure what they’re talking about with all the cranking. Basically set up the machine in a few hours, tuned for about another 2 hours and haven’t had to touch anything since. 

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