Considerations for choosing a Lathe

Most new turners have a modest sized shop, so something in the “Midi” range might be a good place to start. You can still turn reasonably sized bowls, plates and hollow forms. As you become more proficient you may want to scale up ( you don't have to) your lathe; use the same evaluation process as you did to choose your first lathe. Keep in mind what you will eventually use a larger lathe for. Do you really need a 20” swing when you are more than likely to turn 14”/15” platters, or mid sized salad bowls and a 16” swing would suffice.

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One of the benefits of the AAW Woodturning Fundamentals pdf

For the price of your annual membership dues, you'll receive more than $120 of value. American Woodturner ($53.70 newsstand price) journal publishes six issues annually loaded with projects, gallery photos,  and information about relevant woodturning techniques and tools. And, as an AAW member, you'll have access to the entire AAW archive online. AAW's digital publication, Woodturning Fundamentals ($26.85 for non-members)  publishes six issues annually offers projects, tips, videos and information on tools and techniques for those looking to advance basic skills or are new to woodturning.