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Just took possession of my first lathe, a Revo 12/16. Tools arrive Monday so there won't be any turning this weekend. But I am excited to get turning. IMG_0327.JPG
 

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Great! You have officially stepped off into the woodworking abyss. There is no turning back now. From now on it is...more wood, more tools, more wood and even more tools! Welcome to the abyss!
 

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Great! You have officially stepped off into the woodworking abyss. There is no turning back now. From now on it is...more wood, more tools, more wood and even more tools! Welcome to the abyss!
agree! One can never have enough tools. That's why the make both a left-hand, and right-hand bowl scraper.
 

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Well, that gets the cheap part of turning out of the way! :lol2:
Congrats on your starting with a solid machine like that, I've heard nothing but good things on the Revo.
So...whatcha gonna turn first?
Do you have experience turning?
 

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Well, that gets the cheap part of turning out of the way! :lol2:
Congrats on your starting with a solid machine like that, I've heard nothing but good things on the Revo.
So...whatcha gonna turn first?
Do you have experience turning?
I am just starting so no experience other than a class. I want to turn bowls so need to get some cheap blanks, maybe just 6x6 posts from Lowes and make saw dust before buying nice wood blanks. I'll join the local AAW group at the next meeting. One nice thing is friends are already giving me limbs from trees that fell down during the last storm.
 

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Oh no, another one crossed over to the dark side.... Congrats Kevin!!

If you get some 6x6s (or other wood) from your big box store do not get pressure treated lumber, its dust is toxic. Take a class or two, or find a local club and/or mentor, to learn how to turn bowls. The money you spend on a class will shorten the learning curve and you'll learn a lot. Congrats on your new lathe, looking forward to seeing what you turn.
 

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Oh no, another one crossed over to the dark side.... Congrats Kevin!!

If you get some 6x6s (or other wood) from your big box store do not get pressure treated lumber, its dust is toxic.
Right, stay away from PT lumber.
 

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Use some of the limbs that your friends want to give you and practice. Even mini bowls.
 

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Kevin, get some 6 x 6 cedar to practice on. Not sure if Lowe's has it, but i know Allen & Allen has it. Centrally located, not far from downtown.
 

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Kevin, get some 6 x 6 cedar to practice on. Not sure if Lowe's has it, but i know Allen & Allen has it. Centrally located, not far from downtown.
Oh great! I'll look them up. Thank you!
 

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Talk to one of the guys at your local club about having someone work with you on following, roughly in this order
1. Safety-Eyewear and shields, identify crappy wood that could fly apart, proper speeds, sharp tool usage
2. Tool sharpening for gouges, skews, parting tools and scrapers
3. Proper (typical) tool for specific cuts...never use roughing gouges on bowl blanks or when wood is oriented to cut both side and end grain
4. Techniques for good tool usage

Have fun!:good2:
 

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Welcome to the Turning zone ….. The signpost up ahead says "free wood".....your only limit is your imagination (actually your wallet)
Getting in the local club is a good start, you'll find good folks that are helpful & don't be afraid to go.
As for here---ask away, there are no dumb questions---just ask @Tony
 
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