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NEWBIE

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Ray Hari

April 9, 2021

Are you new to woodturning?

Do not worry. We will help you master everything you need to know about woodturning.

When you see two seasoned woodturners talking to each other, you will feel that they are talking in some alien language, because their vocabulary is full of words that normal people do not use. We have included The Language of a Woodturner below. Mastering those terms will help you follow their conversation.

Before you go and splurge on buying tools and accessories for your lathe, you should buy a set of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). After all, you do not want a piece of wood to fly onto your face, inhale fine wood dust, or lose your hearing from the sound of power tools. The American Association of Woodturners website has a section on safety equipment for woodturners. You should also read and understand our Safety First page.

There are tons of videos on YouTube about woodturning. Unfortunately, most of them are not good for beginners to emulate or learn from. We have selected a few that are from seasoned woodturners who are good at explaining the basics.

If you are already a member of SVW, great. Otherwise, becoming a member of a woodturning club is a good way to learn woodturning. You can go to our Join Our Club page and apply for a membership to our club. We have great mentors who can guide you all the way to becoming a world-class wood-turner.

Once you understand the basics there is no substitute for actually spending time at the lathe making shavings and repeating the same stuff over and over to master the craft.

 ~ Hari ~

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Tools - Lathe accessories & Gouges

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Choosing a Wood Lathe
Choosing a Wood Lathe

Quad City Woodturners

Choosing a Wood Lathe

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Gouges for Beginners
Gouges for Beginners

Brian Havens

Gouges for Beginners

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Sharpening Gouges
Sharpening Gouges

Cindy Drozda

Sharpening Gouges

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Lathe Accessories
Lathe Accessories

Quad City Woodturners

Lathe Accessories

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Skew Types
Skew Types

Brian Havens

Skew Types

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Buyig a Chuck for Your Lathe
Buyig a Chuck for Your Lathe

Mike Peace

Buyig a Chuck for Your Lathe

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Spindle Tools
Spindle Tools

Sam Angelo

Spindle Tools

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The Language of a Woodturner (Glossary)

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40/40 Grind

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Banjo

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Bevel Angle

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CA glue

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Chuck

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Detail Gouge

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Gouges

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Inlays

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Lathe

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Negative Rake Scraper

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Push Cut

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Skew

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Tail Stock

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Vacuum Chuck

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Ellsworth Grind

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Beads and Coves

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Bottom Feeder

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Calipers

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Collet Chuck

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Drive Center

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Grind

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Irish Grind

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Litchenburg Burning

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Parting Tool

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Quill

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Spindle Gouge

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Tearout

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Ways

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Anchor - Bevel - Cut

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Bed of the Lathe

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Bowl Gouge

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Catch

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Coring

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Fingernail Grind

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Head Stock

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Jacob's Chuck

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Live Center

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Peeling Cut

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Scraping

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Spindle Roughing Gouge

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Tool Rest

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Wolverine Jig

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Anchorseal

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Bedan

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Burr

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CBN Wheel

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Cut

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Fractal Burning

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Hollow Form

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Jam Chuck

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Morse Taper

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Pull Cut

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Shear Scraping

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Swept Back Grind

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Tool Steel

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Tools - Basic woodworking tools for wood turners

These are some of the tools you will find if you rummage through any wood turners tool box. Not all of them are essentials. Some are essential, some are nice to have. It all depends on what you are turning. Before you go and buy any of these things, talk to your fellow woodturners in your club. Someone or other may have extras that they are willing to part with for a nominal fee. Also it will help you build a friendship and learn more about the product before getting it. There are many jigs that woodturners buy on impulse that they never end up using later. Most woodturners are tool junkies. They have more tools than they really need.

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CA Glue

CA Glue

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Forstner Bits

Forstner Bits

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Center Finder

Center Finder

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Outside Calipers

Outside Calipers

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Center Punch

Center Punch

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Slow Speed Grinder

Slow Speed Grinder

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Dividers

Dividers

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Vernier Calipers

Vernier Calipers

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Drill Bits

Drill Bits

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Wolverine System

Wolverine System

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Tools for rough cutting turning blanks

Bandsaws and chainsaws are not a necessity for beginners. But if you have them use them with caution. Cutting round logs on the bandsaw can be dangerous. Adequate precautions should be taken to prevent the log from rolling due to the downward pull by the blade on the unsupported edge of the log.

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Bandsaw Tips for Woodturners

Woodworkers Journal

Bandsaw Tips for Woodturners

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Chainsaw 101

April Wilkerson

Chainsaw 101

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Chainsaw Tips

Hometown Acres

Chainsaw Tips

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Do Not Try This

Dave

Do Not Try This

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Safe Chainsaw Use - Part 1

Kolb & Kuehn

Safe Chainsaw Use - Part 1

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Chainsaw Basics

Wortheffort

Chainsaw Basics

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Safe Chainsaw Use - Part 2

Kolb & Kuehn

Safe Chainsaw Use - Part 2

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Understanding wood grain and how gouges cut

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Dissecting a Tree

Brian Havens

Dissecting a Tree

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Spindle Work

Brian Havens

Spindle Work

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Scraping

Brian Havens

Scraping

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Cutting End Grain

Brian Havens

Cutting End Grain

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Woodturning Catches

Richard Raffan

Woodturning Catches

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Which Way to Cut

Kent Weakley

Which Way to Cut

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Cutting Side Grain

Brian Havens

Cutting Side Grain

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Peeling Cuts

Brian Havens

Peeling Cuts

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Sanding & Finishing

As a beginner don't get obsessed with Sanding & finishing too much. Try to hone your turning skills to leave as few ridges and marks on the surface as possible. There are many different ways to sand and finish a turning and you will master them over time.

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Angle Drill

Angle Drill

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Sanding & Finishing

Kent Weakley

Sanding & Finishing

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Self Powered Sander

Self Powered Sander

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Sanding System

Sanding System

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Projects for beginners

When you are starting out you want to do as many projects as possible to learn all the basic skills. Our club has a history of doing President's Challenges. These are projects that any beginner can do and we urge all members regardless of their skill level to take part in the President's Challenges. As a beginner you should not only actively participate in the president's challenges but also do other projects that you can show during our show-n-tell. Another opportunity to learn is by attending our Sawdust Sessions. There you can discuss freely anything and everything about wood-turning and get advice from seasoned woodturners.

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Basic Box

Ray Key

Basic Box

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Garden Dibber

Robert Sorby

Garden Dibber

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Spinning Tops

Jason Geiser

Spinning Tops

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Doodad

Alan Stratton

Doodad

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Honey Dipper

Nick Cook

Honey Dipper

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Finial Box

Ray Key

Finial Box

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Snowman

Scott Seganti

Snowman

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Pen turning

Many wood turners enjoy turning pens. It is a good project for beginners. In fact we teach pen turning to high school kids at Santa Clara High School. We also turn pens for the troops to show our appreciation for the men and women who serve our country.

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Definitive Pen Turning Guide

Paul Jenkins

Definitive Pen Turning Guide

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Pen Turning 101

Woodcraft

Pen Turning 101

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Pen Turning using Carbide Tools

Craft Supplies USA

Pen Turning using Carbide Tools

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Friction Polish

Friction Polish

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Pen Turning Kit

Pen Turning Kit

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Pens for the Troops

Pens for the Troops

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Pen Press

Pen Press

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Pen Turning project for Kids

Pen Turning project for Kids

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Turning a Pen

Gordon Patnude

Turning a Pen

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