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New: Beginners Series of Video Projects

Today, I’m really pleased to announce the start of a brand new woodturning series I’m putting together aimed squarely at beginners.

Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be publishing a new video every Wednesday  demonstrating project ideas that are suitable for beginners or make ideal tool practice for more experienced turners. We all have to start somewhere, and the picture above shows me turning my very first piece. The journey since those first 20 minutes has been awesome, and the new series shows you what I have learnt in that time.

Turning my first piece...(without protection - naughty)
Turning my first piece…(without protection – naughty)

The new series came about after many of my followers on YouTube asked if I could do more beginner oriented projects, and here is Part 1 – Woodturning for Beginners: Essential and Nice to Have Kit…we all have to start somewhere, and we have to start with the kit! Below is a list of links and a bit more advice than mentioned in the video.[membership level=”0″]


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The links below are generic searches on ebay and should show your products in your locality. Other sources are available of course, and I encourage you to find a turning supplier close to where you live so you can visit and gain additional advice. Remember that this is my advice to you and I encourage you to do your research before buying any piece of equipment.

Lathes: There’s lots of advice in the video on your first lathe, but to quickly reiterate what I said; Have a serious think about what you want to turn, and how big you might want to turn it as this will have a huge effect on the size and type of lathe you buy. Also, the amount of space you have available for it is important too – so plan you workshop out a little to put the lathe in most convenient place. Finally – ask other turners for their advice – but be warned if you ask ten turners their advice, you’ll get twenty different answers. Here’s a list of all sorts of different sized new lathes. http://goo.gl/R9pzJ0

Scroll Chucks: Whilst it is not essential to have a chuck, a good chuck is so much more than ‘nice to have’. It enables a turner to do so much more with their lathe than you can with just a faceplate or turning between centres. Again, not an inexpensive piece of equipment, and the right choice for your lathe is vital. Research is once again key! http://goo.gl/6SUSxH

Box Set of Tools: High Speed Steel tools are really the only way to go as a beginner. The ‘traditional’ set will teach you tool control, sharpening and also challenge you too. The box set I show in the video is a generic set and most manufacturers have their own versions with the same set of tools inside. The basic set is perfect for the beginner, and then as you progress, you can add to your arsenal of HSS tools! http://goo.gl/bbRKlP

Bench Sharpening Grinder: Again, loads on the market, and an inexpensive one will do just fine until you wish to upgrade. I’m still using my first sharpening system, and find it is more than adequate for my work. I would like to upgrade, but the ‘pro’ systems are a lot of money, so I do not feel there is a need to upgrade just yet. http://goo.gl/cHV2uu

Fingernail Grinding Jig: I can’t sharpen my tools by hand, and neither to I desire to, hence why I use a fingernail grinding jig. It allows me to put a repeatable grind onto my tools and is adjustable for all types of gouge you want to put a fingernail grind on. Well worth the money, in my opinion. Again, lots of different types on the market, but be careful you don’t buy a jig for a specific grinder you don’t have!: http://goo.gl/e4KREe

Face Shield: Don’t take your personal safety for granted. Budget shields are OK, and nothing more than that. For the best protection, buy the absolute best shield you can afford, such as the . Here’s a link to all sorts of different faceshields. http://goo.gl/akofLt

Respirator/Breathing Protection: Again, don’t skimp on your protection. Wood dust can be toxic – Get the best protection for your lungs you can afford. Paper masks are only OK for SHORT periods. Get at least a mask similar to the one I show in the video in order to help prevent respiratory problems. http://goo.gl/YhNsK3

Jacobs Chuck: Such a versatile piece of kit – I use mine quite regularly. From drilling pen blanks to adding recesses and holding mini sanding wheel, a Jacob’s Chuck is not vital, but a brilliant ‘nice to have’ piece of kit . http://goo.gl/kMZz0r

WOOD BLANKS: Here’s the fun stuff! Pre-cut and ready to turn wood blanks are available from many places either individually or in mixed ‘sacks’. I started (and still do on occasion) buying blanks by the sackload and was very impressed with the mixture of species and sizes of blanks. I also buy blanks individually from various placed.  Here’s a link to mixed packs of woodturning blanks from various suppliers. http://goo.gl/QOnmHd

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I’m not sponsored by or affiliated to any of the companies products these links display and therefore, I cannot guarantee the quality of any products you buy as a result of following these links. Please do your research first before buying any product, especially if it is a significant investment for you.

I hope you found this article interesting and that you enjoy the new series. Let me know what you think!


Thanks for reading and watching,