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Which first gouges to get for a beginning turner

A large part depends on what you ultimately plan on turning. However, this is the set I bought when I jumped into the hobby. 3 of them I almost never use even now. 3/16-Inch Parting Tool - used to '...
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Is this table saw lathe jig safe?

I think the word 'safe' here might be relative. Just like modern cars are safe, when driven on the road, and obeying traffic laws. I think in this case the answer is a profound NO. Table saws are '...
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What are these blemishes called and how do I avoid them?

It's called Tearout. That is tearing the fibers. Most of the time when you see that the fibers of the wood are tearing out instead of being cut/sheared by the gouges. There are three thing that can ...
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What do I need to know for basic lathe safety?

Wear safely glasses or a full-face mask every time you turn, no exceptions. Dust mask or respirator advisable normally but essential when sanding. Tie long hair back. No long sleeves. Take off ...
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What minimum amount of equipment is required to start turning bowls?

Like anything it depends, but the list is fairly small either way. For the Lathe itself you can use almost any of them, though I would recommend at least a Midi-Lathe, the larger bench-top lathes. I ...
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Why are metal lathes not used for woodturning?

I'm wondering why metal lathes aren't used for [wood]turning. In my mind, it comes down to 3 Cs: cost, convenience, and creativity. Cost: From what I've seen metal lathes cost more than wood lathes ...
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Is this table saw lathe jig safe?

I think my biggest concern is that I don't have a good feel for how this system will behave. When I'm about to perform some action with a power tool, it's very deliberate, and I've thought through ...
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How can you stabilize green wood after turning it on a lathe?

I have a relative who uses something akin to a steam box, without the steam, to control the moisture moving out of his green turned pieces. It is like a wooden cabinet lined with plastic, with small ...
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How do you use a 2D template with a lathe?

I can think of at least two options: use the template on a duplicator use the template to set calipers .... basically what keshlam said. The first if you have a duplicator you can use the template ...
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How heavy a piece of wood can my lathe handle?

That was fast. I broke down and called Jet tech support. The information was not in any of their product information and the support person needed to ask Development. I mentioned that the piece I ...
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What do I need to know for basic lathe safety?

Just adding to Graphus's excellent answer. The piece of wood is the dangerous part. It is moving up to 4000 rpm depending on settings and lathe. you will want to take small cuts, being too ...
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How do you make nesting bowls from a single piece of wood?

They are bowl coring systems like this I bought this one and it has 4 different knife sets available for different sized bowls. They are pretty expensive and each knife set is bought separately. I ...
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What are the main categories of wood-turning tools?

There are gouges, which like you have displayed are made from curved pieces, bowl gouges, spindle gouges etc. of course the parting tool is what it is, though there are different sizes. skews - Angled ...
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How to cut the centre out of a large round of wood

I think you've already hit on the best way(s) to remove the bulk of the material without going overboard on costs, but aren't using the right tool for the job. Drilling adjoining or adjacent holes I ...
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How do I know when my lathe speed is wrong or could be better?

Yes, speed can make a huge difference. My first lathe was a PSI midi-lathe (not mini) and it required stopping the lathe, opening a panel, and switching the belt to another set of pulley's. A pain. ...
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What should one consider when purchasing an intro turning chisel set?

Almost universally people seem to suggest/imply that "better" tools are important and worth the price difference. That certainly used to be a worthwhile general shopping guide, one that is repeated ...
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Which first gouges to get for a beginning turner

A roughing gouge is important. But if you don't have to slow speed grinder with the necessary attachments it can be a pain to sharpen it once it dulls. I am a beginner at turning as well. I bought a ...
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How to cut the centre out of a large round of wood

You tagged powertools but, much like you, I don't own the the types of tools that would do this. While you might have a hard time getting a uniform curve I would suggest you use a bow saw. You ...
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How to cut the centre out of a large round of wood

What you want to do is uncommon and more of a niche thing. I'm pretty sure most people in a similar situation just hollow out the log and not care much for the inner circle of wood. Going over ...
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What should one consider when purchasing an intro turning chisel set?

Adding to Graphus's excellent and comprehensive answer. I have both the cheap PSI tools you linked to and the Crown Pro-PM Powdered Metallurgy. (as well as other misc pieces). I like both of them. ...
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How do you use a 2D template with a lathe?

Template-guided turning requires a jig which holds a tracing tip to follow the template, and a cutting tip that tracks this motion to bring the workpiece into conformance with that shape. It's sorta ...
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What kind of wood blanks should a beginner use for bowl turning?

If dollars is your biggest concern, (and with the cost of some blanks, it should be!) I would recommend firewood. If you have access to a bandsaw then this is doubly easy. The majority of the wood I ...
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Large hole filler products, what is available

I would use filled epoxy for this, it's probably the best thing going as it's very tough, bonds very firmly to the wood and can be extremely cheap. Possibly best of all you make as much as you need ...
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Recommended tools for a lathe

While for a some turning work you probably could get away using some chisels as I have seen it done but I highly recommend you invest in a semi-decent set of tools just to get yourself started out (...
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Use of carpet tape for turning a bowl

I have read you can use something called "turners tape" to hold the bottom of a bowl to a face plate. In this video, Mike Peace demonstrates using turner's tape for holding small items. He ...
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How do I know when my lathe speed is wrong or could be better?

am I missing something when I go from roughing all the way to final sanding/polish using only the slowest speed? Try increasing the speed and see for yourself. You could even just pay attention to ...
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Can I use sculptor chisels with a lathe?

The following may read like I am trying to talk you out of the idea but I'm not, just hoping to help you go into it with realistic expectations. Can I use sculptor chisels with a lathe? Yes, ...
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Turning chisel handle templates?

A quick search for lathe turning tool handles presents a number of links but no real results for templates. Making a template is rather straightforward. Create a profile of the handle shape you wish. ...
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How can I determine when a linseed oil finish has cured?

am I making a mistake here by not waiting for the linseed oil to cure before sealing it in with carnauba wax? I don't think so, no. A seemingly logical worry here is that the carnauba will seal the ...
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How do you turn the bottom of the bowl?

I'll add that the waste block, or glue block, can have a rabbet/tenon turned in it to be gripped by a chuck. Once the bowl is turned, you can start turning down the glue block as you desire, and can ...
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