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Adrien Lapointe
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I started learning about wood turning this past week. Although the person I am learning from uses an electrical lathe, I am planning on building of these next summer.



Anybody has experience with those?
 
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He has a sense of humour

http://fr.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bodger

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodging#Cultural_references

Don't know if it's used in the us?

Very northen english word.
 
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You gotta be into very specific things to hear the word bodger here, but you can run into it if you try!!

Are you building your pole lathe? What about a tredle? Tredle give you continuos movement, that can be very beneficial to the finish, especially when you are starting out.....
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That is another option, the only criteria I have is that I don't want to invest in a motorized one.
 
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The skill counts for at least as much as the tool.

An electric motor is nice if you're in a hurry.


You will develop (arguably better) skills running a very low power (hand or foot) lathe. Tool sharpness is not just critical, it won't work without it.

Here's another fascinating data point where a guy makes a chess piece with a minimal foot powered lathe and one turning tool...



It doesn't have to be fancy to do good work.

It's also much harder to injure yourself on a low powered lathe.
 
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Well said Troy!

Hand tool use is far superior in both the finished product and the ability to teach the user. Unfourtunately it is a part of tradeswork that has been in decline for a long time, and I don't see the youth picking it up in great numbers....
 
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Wow! That guy with the bow lathe is talented!
 
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Here is another really good one!

 
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