Hey folks, it's been a long time coming but the day has finally arrived! Sold my house, waited a month to move into my winter rental which is a 'little cottage by the sea', and now I can begin my new hobby. I was orginally going to purchase a full size lathe but because of space limits in my little cottage ( I couldn't wait any longer to get started) I went with a mini lathe for now. I went to our local Rockler store and they fixed me up with a mini Jet Variable speed, with a stand, bed extension w/stand, and all kinds of fun stuff. Of course by the time I walked out of there I was in sticker shock and since then Grizz keeps adding to the list of all the things I still need to get but I think I've got a good start. I'll take a picture of all the smaller stuff later on when my order comes in from Lee Valley with some more fun stuff, but for now here are some pics of my new baby along with my drill press and a really nice stand that Grizz made for the drill press.... he got to use his new dovetail jig to make the drawer. I haven't actually made anything yet but I have been playing around and just getting the feel for it. Since I am new to any kind of woodworking I am both very excited and a little timid. Hopefully within the next week or so I can show off something I made whether it be a keeper or something for the scrape pile it will be my first attempt! I also got some pen blanks in the mail this week to start on.
p.s. i have to resize the DP picture , that will follow soon