Troy Rhodes wrote:If you shop craig's list and ebay for a couple weeks, you can find a moderately capable lathe for under $200.
For somebody who is just learning the craft, you don't want a big powerful lathe (that could tear your arm off in a second) to start with anyway.
Here's one I found in under a minute:
Get a few basic turning tools, watch 50 youtube videos on how to turn, watch 10 on lathe injuries, and then start learning your craft.
Don't fall for the idea that you have to have a $2,000 lathe to do good work. Just to prove the point, here's a guy making a living on a piece of junk human powered lathe, using his feet no less.
Go make 100 things on a cheap lathe. The last 50 should be good enough to sell. By then, you'll have an idea of what you would want to move up to in lathe.
M D Scott wrote:The pole lathe looks interesting, I take the advice on board regarding the risks so it looks like a pole lathe would be a good starting point. Am I right in thinking you can do just the same on a pole lathe (turning bowls for instance) as you could on a powered one? That the difference is simply one of speed?