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Tassie Boy
8th Jun 2006, 09:23 PM
Hello all,

I am a newbie to this art and have decided to buy a lathe!
The Jet Mini lathe from Gary Pye sounds good for what i want to do.
I have used this lathe at school before and found it easy to use.
I plan on turning pens. etc small bowls pepper grinders that sort of stuff.

Is this the right lathe for me? and can anyone recomend some things i will need to start my turning career.
Thanks a lot


8th Jun 2006, 09:33 PM
and can anyone recomend some things i will need to start my turning career.

wood is a good start:p
the $99 chisel set from carbatec/ gpw are a good beginner set
a bench grinder or something to sharpen chisels with.
a bandsaw is good to have too but not necessary
drill press if you want too do pens
a scroll chuck for bowls ( this can be bought at a later date if needed)

the lathe sounds good...i got an mc900 but would like a jet. can you post pics of some of your work?

8th Jun 2006, 09:36 PM
Hey Dylan,

You may like to also check out Tamar House in your part of the Isle at http://www.tamarhouse.com.au/craft/index.html or Jim Carroll here in Victoria at http://www.cws.au.com/. Both can supply mini lathes at competitive prices.

Tassie Boy
8th Jun 2006, 09:54 PM
Thanks for the quick reply stirlo.

Wood i have! i recently went on a holiday to geeveston etc.. and bought some great timber: huon pine, blackheart, myrtle, blackwood, king billy, leatherwood and a myrtle burl which i scored for free!
That chisel kit i will definately get!
Bench grinder im working on!
And the drilling for pens i will do on the lathe with a jacobs chuck..

The only work i have done on a lathe is a about 10 pens here is a myrtle one i made:

8th Jun 2006, 10:02 PM
yep, thats a good way to drill em out, i think its more acurate than a drill press.

sounds like you got a very nice collection of timbers....

the pen looks good ( with fotos its best to get em below 100kb and chuck in the manage attacthments part below where you write your post)

you'll enjoy the chisels, i've got a set myself and find them very good to use

Tassie Boy
8th Jun 2006, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the replies guys.
Mulga i will check out that place at rosevears. Thanks a lot
Those chisels sound great stirlo.

Stirlo are there any easy ways to decrease image size?

8th Jun 2006, 10:42 PM
yep, open the image in photo shop or microsoft photo editor or something like that and resize it to about 6 by 5( i think). there is also a free downlaodable program, i dont no whats its called but do a search on here for how to resize pictures and all will bbe revealed.

Tassie Boy
8th Jun 2006, 11:26 PM
ok here is another try:


10th Jun 2006, 07:25 PM
Hi Dylan
Suggest when you get your bench grinder that you purchase a white wheel as they grind cooler than the grey ones that the benchgrinder comes with. No use having the tools unless you have the means of sharpening them. Keep at it and gl.:)

Tassie Boy
10th Jun 2006, 11:57 PM
Thanks for the tip Braggins..

11th Jun 2006, 01:54 AM
You will also need a pen mandrel if you want to turn pens. then you got sandpapers, finishes, glues, pen kits, and stuff like that you keep replacing And something to cut wood if you going to use what is around