I started turning wood in High School shop class and at the neighbors shop. I drifted turning for a time due to career, faculty, family and military service. My profession is management Forestry, harvest and construction. I managed to acquire plenty of different kinds of wood and store them for later usage.
My first lathe was a seat mounted Montgomery Ward wood lathe and the set of instrument . Since most turners do that there are larger and better turnings to perform after using this lathe for several years I realized. Is better and larger tools.
Over the next few years I began to upgrade my equipment. My new lathe was a X 42. There are tier tools and specialty tools. There are tools for spindles, tools for bowls, tools for equipment and texturing for supporting bigger turnings or your spindles. Think I have turning tools and continue to look for more. The new tools I am searching for are for special use. I make them myself and will properly design.
There are chucks with all their various jaws and attachments, face plats. There are live centers and various spur drives. These tools have different programs and you may use them all, if you are like me where you do many different different turnings and clients are currently creating requests. I built so that I could turn the base of my bowls a vacuum chuck, improves the appearance by roughly 100%. You can purchase all ready installation with vacuum pump the vacuum chuck and accessories. I purchased all of the parts and then built the vacuum chuck, I saved about $250.
Currently I am looking into one of those big lathes 20″ with the electronic speed control. A friend of mine and I’m making a boring bar for hollowing big vessels and in the process of design. I then used an insert to attach them to a lathe and bought them with the headstock requirements when I purchased the chucks for holding the turnings. The smaller lathes require a 1″ X 8TPI and the larger 1 1/4″ X 8 TPI. In case you have dreams of bigger lathe spend some time looking at different lathe brands and their specifications, then it can save money.
The other expense you will incur sanding and is finish. There are a huge verity of sanding approaches and finishes and I have spent countless dollars trying out different things; my garbage can is complete. I will tell you what works for me, without getting really deep into this subject.
Sanding; I will sand down the finish to 320 grit and use power sanding. Over sanding can create a surface that the finish will not adhere finishing compounds all have a sanding requirement in their directions.
Having good is critical. I use clear water base grain filler to smooth the surface and then use a rub oil finish rub. Complete bottom same and turn off the bottom, After the end is dry. Final step buff and wax.
To sum it up; Wood Turning, most interests whether they are professions or hobbies and Fishing, Photography, Camping, Boating, seems to be a fantastic place to spend of your extra money. There is on limit your fascinating only limits you.