As I start to get back into turning, I find that I have more basic questions
than I can find answers for. Bought a few books but frankly, they just
describe the parts of the lathe and what the basic tools do which I already
What would be a good beginners book that gets more into technique and less
on the history of the lathe?
What are good woods for a beginner to play with?
I have some oak cutoffs which went well. Some redwood which was soft but ok.
Tried some Doug fir and even during roughing, it split along the grain
lines. Also have maple, walnut & mahogany. Is there a place where I can get
an idea which types of wood turn best and recommended speeds?
Other questions - is there a guideline as to how fast you can spin a certain
size piece? What about if it's faceplate vs. spindle?
Lot's of basic questions. Been watching a lot of YouTube vids and they are
Don't mind reading but don't have time to get to 'meetings' so any good book
recommendations will be helpful.
Sorry for the total newb questions but have to start somewhere. :)
Mainly plan on making cups and boxes and various knobs - might try a bowl at
some point - not much interested in pens.
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