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Old 03-05-2010, 04:02 PM
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Thats cool. Is there a good site that explains the process?
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Thats cool. Is there a good site that explains the process?
I just checked You Tube and found this.

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thats pretty cool I could see getting into that. Whats a decent lathe go for?
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thats pretty cool I could see getting into that. Whats a decent lathe go for?
To get set up to turn just pens you are looking at close to three grand, the lathe is honestly the cheapest part, it's the tools, sharpening syetem and the list goes on.

I bought my son this lathe when he was 12, he had sold over sixth grand in product before he turned 16 just from the lathe and only doing it a few hours a week but honestly I probably have twenty grand tied up in just Lathe tools.
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so if i see someone letting one go for 1000 i should hop on it?
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That looks very fun!

I remember making pen holders! Just used a few different wooden blocks, glued em' together... drilled a hole down the center.. lmao

That was like 8 years ago in high school or something, I got an 80' for effort!

My father used to carve pumpkins with a sawzall, not a bad idea for running a Halloween themed business.
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so if i see someone letting one go for 1000 i should hop on it?
Send me the brand and images, you can get a pretty good lath if you want to turn pens for about $500.00. I am also a technical recource on exotic woods and I write a few articles for WOOD Magazing, they are in Des Moines, 1.6 million subscribers, been doing that for about 15 years.

Lathe's are like anything, there are some brand names that are just junk, I did a training session a few years back and they had brought in 20 Delta mini lathe's, it was a dangerous disaster.

Jet makes about the best Mini Lath on the market, you can buy them from Woodcraft in the states.
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saw a guy make a bowl the other day like how your cutting boards look. And it just looks relaxing to do it. And wood is just one of those things that doesnt go out of style with accessories. Like seriously im getting deep with it here, but its like in its own class. Like wood grain inside of a car. That will always be expensive and it is something that is hard to top.
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Very True, I can make a very good living just working in the shop, we only work with figured and exotic woods which the majority of woodworkers stay clear of, takes the best there is in tools and some of our woods run $90.00 a foot so you can't be making mistakes. It's a lot of fun, I am self tought and started at the age of 12. I used to travel around with WOOD giving talks and to woodworking clubs across North America but my travel days are over, just don't care for it that much unless it's the Mayan Rivera which my daughter and I travel to each March for 10 days and the West Coast of Costa Rica in the summer for a week to tour the amazon, I love wood and it's in my blood although excavation has somewhat taken over..........for now
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hmm thats amazing. how did you get into the excavation from working with wood?
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