A couple of years ago, I bought an old (1950’s) Craftsman lathe with the intention of learning to use it. I got it home, turned it on and got very scared. This particular one was shaky, unbalanced and just felt unsafe. I didn’t touch it for about six months and then decided to actually try turning something. I made a simple tool handle for an ice pick even though I felt like the whole thing was going to fly apart at any moment. I decided right then, that I needed to get a different lathe.
Fast forward a couple of years… I found someone who wanted my lathe and told them it was theirs when they could come get it. In the meantime, I started getting lots of suggestions from my friend Kevin, on what to replace it with. Eventually, I purchased a brand new lathe and decided to take you along with me on it’s first run, and on my first project, another tool handle.
This is a really fast and simple project that gave me the confidence and interest to use the lathe more in the future. I hope it’ll get you out there to try something new too!
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- Jet Wood Lathe 12×21
- Carbide lathe tool set
- Evolution miter saw (cuts wood, alum, steel, etc)
- Shop Fox Hanging Air Filter
- Flush cut saw
- Digital Calipers
- Formby’s tung oil finished (tung oil/varnish)
- CA Glue (medium)
- Quikclot clotting sponge
- First aid kit
- Respirator & Filters
- Eye protection
- Ear protection