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    woodturning business

    i would like to start a woodturning business i.e. pens, bowls, and small baseball bats and footballs. what would the essential tools be that i need? i was looking at the grizzly lathes. any advice would be most appreciated.

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    What is the overall size, lengh and diameter of the items you wish to turn? What is you budget? Do you have a wood shop with basic equipment now? How may items do you expect to produce at one time?
    bmorto

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    no more than 10" x 18" budget for startup would be bout 750-1000 and yes have saw dust collector miter saw router and small tools but no drill press or lathe. dont know bout how many items at time but would like to get a variety of different items made before trying to sell. thank you

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    This Grizzly wood lathe should do the job. http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-x-20-Heavy-Duty-Bench-Top-Wood-Lathe/G0658
    A wood chuck would be very useful like the http://www.grizzly.com/products/4-Jaw-Chuck-For-Round-Pieces-1-x-8-TPI/G8784 .
    Wood turning tools like http://www.grizzly.com/products/HSS-Turning-Chisels-3-pc-Set/H7939 will be required.
    A garnet plate for final honing of the tool edge http://www.grizzly.com/products/9-x-12-x-3-Granite-Surface-Plate-No-Ledge/G9648 you would use wet or dry sandpaper on the plate 400 to 800 grit and water to get a highly polished cutting edge. Great for sharpening other tools as well.
    Then some grinding fixtures from Rockler http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10481&filter=Wolverine%20Grinding %20Jig and a little bench grinder from Lowes http://www.lowes.com/pd_78808-46069-...ench%2Bgrinder and a good grinding wheel from Grizzly http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-X-...6-1-Bore/G7409.
    Later when you want to start turning pens and the like http://www.pennstateind.com/store/PK073SPECX.html would be nice.
    This should get you in business. You will find a great variety of equipment in the market place. You can explore and evaluate the completive items. Looking at and comparing the available items can be fun so enjoy.

    Hopefully some of the turners on the forum will respond as well.
    bmorto
    Last edited by bmorto1504; 01-15-2011 at 11:25 AM.

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    Although I have no real plans but now i got the idea when i have seen that factual stuff that is very helpful for me.

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    If you have a Woodcraft or Rockler store close to you, they can help you in making a decision. I purchased a mini lathe and started turning pens and bottle stoppers. I have since invested in another mini lathe and a full size lathe - the second mini lathe was only because I wanted one set up for pens and one for bottle stoppers. I started selling things at the craft shows, gun shows, basically any show I could find - then set up a web site and it has paid off very well. As a matter of fact, I now only work part time (in the real world) and full time in the shop. Just market your product, use good quailty products, and give great customer service.... people love this stuff

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    Seems an interesting service that can be provided to the customers! The one with the art of making creative stuff can surely do and I am one of them. So I am surely gonna try this and yes quality matters. I thought that I am quite creative but was a bit wrong as I never thought of it!
    Thanks to all!

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    Grizzly is perhaps the most cost effective lathe but may have a few quality issues. I recommend an 8 inch grinder and the Wolverine sharpening system. You can probably buy the grinder for less than $100. I am not sure about the cost of the Wolverine system but I do know that it will allow you to sharpen your tools consistently

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    It's definitely the right time to start this kind of business, with most people's attention locked in software, Internet, beauty, lifestyle or show-biz, there's a shortage of skilled hands.

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    Welcome to the forum Ted!
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