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What needs to be considered before buying a wood lathe? Answered

I am thinking of investing on a wood lathe. I have seen a few lathes of different sizes. I would like to turn bowls, dishes, chalice and even mortars out of wood. What should I need to look for on a lathe? It is size important? Thank you very much once again! You are the best!

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steveastroukBest Answer (author)2013-02-19

Most times, it seems to me, maximum turning diameter matters most, thence motor capacity.

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steveastrouk (author)2013-02-20

Yes, you don't seem to have a yen to make stair spindles or lamp standards ! I've seen some MONSTROUS bowl turning lathes, that'd have your hands off if you approached the work wrong.

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blkhawk (author)steveastrouk2013-02-20

Thank you for the warning! I'll try not to go over my head. I am thinking on a Harbor Freight lathe to start.

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Re-design (author)blkhawk2013-02-20

I've seen that lathe and don't consider adiquate. the rails are made fo hollow tubing and will flex during use.

I bought this one because it's gear box was stronger and has cast iron rails that won't flex.

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blkhawk (author)Re-design2013-02-21
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rimar2000 (author)2013-02-20

IMHO, the power of the motor is a capital matter. Then, length and diameter must fit your needs.

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blkhawk (author)rimar20002013-02-20
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iceng (author)2013-02-19

First a compressor, now a lathe for wood ?

Even with a Big size lathe, you cannot make wood or plastic
survive as a pressure tank.

Only good thing is it it will float ( teak is no longer available:-)

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blkhawk (author)iceng2013-02-19

He, he, he! I am spending money without my significant other's knowledge. I'm getting over my "tools allowance"!

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