It’s a bit obvious, but the first thing a woodturner needs is a lathe. It’s actually the world’s oldest ‘power tool’ – see the panel (left) for a bit of history. As you begin to investigate what’s available, you’ll soon discover that there’s a bewildering choice of models, with very different specifications and prices, and it’s very easy to become confused about exactly what you require. If this is your situation and you need some help, then this feature, originally published at hobby magazine getwoodworking.com highlights the main factors you need to consider before you buy.

Step 1: The Lathe Today

Woodturning has progressed enormously in recent years and is now no longer just a means of producing functional items, but is fast approaching the status of an art form. To fuel this massive increase in popularity and demand, many woodworking machinery manufacturers have hurriedly added lathes to their range, but a good machine requires a number of essential features that are often overlooked in the rush to get new equipment onto the market.
<p>I was the sad owner of a lathe like the one above.</p><p>Because of the &quot;bed&quot;, which consists of the relatively thin cylindric bars, </p><p>it was very easy to end up with a lot of vibrations in the finishing part of a project, and a resulting &quot;washboard&quot; surface.</p><p>So, unless you only want to turn small and undemandign projects, by all and any means get a lathe with a cast-iron solid bed for support. </p>
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Thanks for all the great info! Choosing a lathe still seems a bit daunting and I was hoping to get your opinion on my tentative choice to begin turning with. I've never done it and would say I'm more interested in bowl work than spindle but want to be free to go where the turning takes me. <br><br>Thanks again<br><br>http://www.jettools.com/us/en/new-products-and-offers/new-products/1221vs-lathe/
<p>Thanks for all the great info. Do you have any idea of a good brand small table top lathe. I want to make mostly smaller items nothing over 24&quot; long or over a 10&quot; bowl. </p>
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