A lathe has been on my mind for awhile. The Ornamental Mill is gone and and now I can think about a lathe more seriously. I have an immediate application for which a lathe would be a useful tool. Problem is, I don't knw exactly what I should do. Some advise would be welcome.
The immediate need is to turn six spokes for a new steering wheel for my sail boat. The spokes are a wee bit more than 8" long and about 1-1/8" square. I'm wondering about a duplicator. I don't know how they work but I think this is a good application for one. Where do I go to get one? Is there one that would fit a typical mini lathe?
As much as I'd like to get a large lathe, I don't think I can go there right now. A mini lathe would be a good strating point.
Another thought that came to mind is seeing if I could find a skilled turner who might be willing to make the spokes for a nominal fee because they are always looking for things to turn. Problem is I don't know if I know anyone like that. Hint, hint.
Well? Lay it on me.