A few weeks ago I posted how my family had seen a turning demonstration at the New Jersey State Fair in Sussex NJ, and how they urged me to take an intro to spindle turning class at my local Woodcraft.
We'll the class was Saturday and it was fun. 4 hours of a quick into to spindle turning - gouge, parting chisel, skew chisel and smaller gouge . . . bang bang bang. . .
I enjoyed the class but I'm a self education kind of guy. I walked away thinking that the logical approach is to get a lathe, tools and sharpening equipment and work at it for a little while. Find out what I need help with and learn however I can - online, videos, classes . . .
Tonight I see a Jet Mini lathe for sale on CL that is the same lathe I used at Woodcraft. It a Jet JML-1014 with an extension bed for $250.
Would this be an appropriate beginner's lathe? At some point i MIGHT outgrow it, but should I go for a electronic variable speed instead of the pulley adjustmet this model has?