I took the wife and girls (ages 1 and 3) to the Chicago Woodworking Show on
Saturday. I don't know if the inspiration came from that or where, but
today, my wife got started talking about me making bowls. She's not too hip
on what I have in the shop (she didn't know I had a band saw), but somehow
she figured out I don't have "that thing that makes bowls", aka a lathe. I
got practically ordered to get a lathe.
Wife: You should get a lathe.
Me: No, you can't make me.
Wife: I think you should get one.
Well, it went *something*
like that. Anyway, I've been interested in
acquiring a lathe for a while, and have just kind of had my eye out for
something to come around. Now that the seriousness factor has gone up from
a 3 to about a 6, I'm trying to decide what direction to go in. Like all
woodworking stuff, I know there is a $100 version and a $2000 version.
Based on your experience, what would you recommend for a novice woodturner,
lathe-wise? Mini-, Midi-, or Full-size? (or as Mike Myers might say "wee,
not so wee....and frickin' huge). I haven't turned anything since junior
high shop class, so would I need anything past the lathe with live center &
face plate and a set of basic turning tools (gouges, skew, and parting
I see where Grizzly has a 14" x 40" with stand for $188 delivered. The bed
is stamped steel, which doesn't excite me. For $353 delivered, you can move
up to a 12" x 35.5" with pivoting headstock and cast iron bed, which sounds
more like it to me.