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The Frugal Woodturner: Make and Modify All the Tools and Equipment You Need by Ernie Conover Fox Chapel Publishing, 2010.$19.95; 136 pp.
If you want to start turning but are afraid that it will cost too much to get going then The Frugal Woodturner: Make and Modify All the Tools and Equipment You Need by long time Fine Woodworking contributor, Ernie Conover, is the book for you. In the book, Conover gives advice about choosing a lathe and turning tools. He even devotes a number of pages to making your own spring pole lathe and making some of your own tools. The book goes on to cover sharpening, finding wood for cheap, holding the wood on the lathe, and finishes. Finally, Conover suggest 3 different woodturning setups depending on how much money you are willing to spend. Just looking through this book makes me want to get out there and start turning.
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Since my first turning class is on the 29th of this month, and since I'm the proud owner of a Powermatic 45 that runs but doesn't have an appropriate diameter tool rest I think a book like this would be just fine.
I'm a bit intimidated by the thought of turning. This book might help chase the "scaries" away.
Ernie's books and videos are a great way to learn turning. That and practice, practice, practice.
What ever happened to the Conover Lathe? I never see a used one for sale.
Would like to learn to turn! This book would help.
Allways good frugal be able to have a chance to add to ones knowledge at the same time.
new woodworker interested in the spring pole lath plans and making my own tools . . . . . .frugal doesn't mean frumpy!!!
I could sure use this book to help expand my turning skills...
I would like to be convinced that I can & can afford to add turning to my repetoire so count me in
I wish I'd had this book before spending so much on my workshop!
Just got a lathe from santa, this would be a nice book to have.
I bought a used lathe and haven't been able to get started. I need all the information I can get on tools and turning. Would love to have this book.
Just got my first real lathe, and would love to learn how to use it frugally!
Just got my first real lathe, and would love to learn to be frugal when using it.
I've made a scew chisle and a bowl hollowing chisle. The first works great, the latter I threw out. I like to make my own tools and I still need a lot of help.
I'm frugal, I usually buy my books used from eBay. I'd like to win a copy.
I'm curious about the title.
Looks like a very interesting book.
I've always enjoyed Mr. Conover's articles and previous books so I'm quite looking forward to reading this new book. It sounds as though this new book is geared more toward the novice turner and though I'm no longer that I bet there is something for me to learn in its pages.
I would love to have this book.
that would make a great gift for my brother who is just learning to turn
I think I need this book. I'll know for sure if I win it :)
I know how to turn but always enjoy learning how to do it for less.
its has become apparent that a lathe is a nessacary tool in ones shop. and this book seems to be a good starting point towards using one effectivly..
Woodturning can be a real money pit. No part of woodworking offers a wider array of gadgets and accessories, and no one is better than Ernie Conover at separating the must-haves from the don't-needs.
It looks like a great book that might convince me to take the leap into turning.
Lathes can be expensive as size does matter in turning large bowls and long pieces such as bed post. I am sure that Ernie has some unique insight in aproaching such challenges.
This book would be a great help to me and a nice addition to my woodworking library.
I am retiring from the Army this July and hope to have more time to pursue my woodworking hobby/obsession. I'd love a copy of this book!
I always prefer shop made tooling over store bought. I bet this book is filled with great ideas. I'd love a copy!
Another great book by a great author and teacher.
Looks interesting. Especially the tools.
i never understood the reverence with which people spoke of the Conover lathe until I read a little about the creator. Mr. Coover seems to be one of those people I would enjoy meeting. His book would be a way to learn from this great mind.
I must have this book!
i have found that one of the most overlooked item is availability of interesting wood. I have not seen this book and would love to add it to my library
This is the perfect way to improve my skills and save money at the same time! What's not to like here?
Mid-level woodworker, zero level wood turner---I need this book!+
I just had this book in my hand the other day and it is chock full of great stuff
I wish my credit card wasn't filled to it's limit,or I buy this book in a second.
I would love to learn to ideas on frugal turning, there is not much to turn where I live except creosote brush!
Sounds very interesting!
Hope I win this book. spending toooo much.
I am fairly new to turning and I am always on the lookout for information that can improve my skills. This book sounds like a great addition to my library.
thanks, I'd love to have a chance at this book.
Looks like a great book! I would love to have it!
This looks like a wonderful book for the turner without unlimited funding for his hobby. As a relatively new turner and a retiree, I am continually looking for ways to cut costs. It gives great pleasure using tools you made yourself. Hope I win the book!
I ma new at turning and can use all the help I can get.
Purchased a fairly large rockwell lathe about 6 years ago... bought tools 3 years ago and still haven't turned it on. Need to move on from hand cut dove tails, but not sure where to begin...
I have a lathe and have done a little work with it but I trying to learn as much as possible. I think this book will help.
I just received my Brother's old lathe and some tools for it after Christmas, since he got a new set up. Now that's frugal. Now I need some pointers and help in the right direction to use it. This new book sounds like just the item needed. Thanks in advance.
I have a lathe and I love wood turning.
Ernie is a fine, writer and explains procedures with clarity.Would love his new book.
This looks great. Just the title get's my attention. The words Frugal just goes with woodworking. Woodworkers were "green" way before it caught on.
This looks like an awesome book! I love wood turning.
This has to be a good book. I know Ernie will have a lot of good ideas in it for new and inexperienced turners alike.
Having just acquired a lathe, this would be a great place to begin my experiences. I have almost purchased this twice on Amazon.
I learned my wood turning skills watching Roy Underhill and then "duplicating" what I saw. Useful but not beautiful results.
I'm not sure if I could fit a spring pole lathe in my one-bedroom apartment, but I'd be willing to try!
I retired this past year and have just started getting back into woodworking. This book sounds like just the ticket to getting started in turning.
I love wood turning and learning more about it. SOunds like a great book
I'll be adding this to me wish list.
Sounds like a book to finally get me to move forward into turning.
I have wanted to learn to turn for years. I inherited my uncles lathe but haven't had the money to purchase the tools.
Nearing retirement age I would really enjoy making my own tools and understanding how to use them.
No pension, means frugal is the way to go. I find that using scrap wood or pieces that others don't want make the projects special.
My Grandfather used to turn bowls and pens and knife handles.
They were beautiful objects, and adorn the mantelpieces, pockets and kitchens of our family as a happy reminder of a good man.
He always used to include an accent of "bog oak" - that ancient, petrified, black oak.
As a kid, I loved the idea of the bog oak spending a thousand years in a swamp, only to pop its head up and be hurriedly snatched away to feed my Grandfather's lathe based addiction.
I have never turned anything, but now I would like to have a try, with a big log of Box Elder that I had to cut down the other week. It has an amazing raspberry coloured vein running through it.
A spring pole lathe seems to me to be the way to go. Frugal and physical. My Grandfather was a Sports Educator and Yorkshireman. I know he would have appreciated both aspects!
I already have Earnie's book "Turn a Bowl With Earnie Conover". Looking forward to "The Frugal Woodturner"
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I like frugal. Goes with thrifty.
Frugality is the cornerstone of retired woodworking.
I have been turning for some time, but it is always great to get some new ideas. Sounds like an interesting book.
I am student at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. We will be doing our turning part of the school in February. I could use Ernie's book then.
I have always been a "square " woodworker so it might be time to "Go Round" I have an old lathe and could use help getting it going.
After turning for 50+ years I could learn some new angles on tools.
I've done a little turning in the past. Time for more.
I took a class at Conover Workshop about 15 yrs ago. Didn't realize Ernie was an author. I'd also love to do some turning again but need equipment, so it might wait.... but a great book will get me started!
Sounds like a good departure from some of the other books available as not everyone has unlimited resources to get all of the good toys! Great idea Ernie!!!
Great timing, I am just now starting to expand my woodturning skills, projects etc.
Will continue with pen turning and other small turnings, but feel the call of bowls, boxes and maybe even platters.
This book would be a great help to me and a nice addition to my woodworking library.
Have had a new Delta D50(?) long bed for ever, hoe do you use these things?
Maybe this time.........
I have another book by Ernie Conover that is filled with a lot of valuable information. Ernie does a great job writing books. And with this one, it would be nice to learn how to make tools and a lathe. I hope I win this book! Paul
I've been getting ready to make the jump into turning and this would be a great addition to the planning/thinking process.
Thanks for the opportunity to add this book to my woodworking library.
sure count me in! I always enjoy making new tools and jigs
I could comment that I have no comment but I do. Just a starting turner but its great fun.
A lathe is the last "big tool" I need in my workshop. This book would be great.
Would be a very useful book
If a comment is posted that has no worthwhile content, can it still win you I book? Here's hoping the answer is yes.
The Frugal Woodturner will hopefully mean more time at the lathe, more fun, and more safety because of good tooling--great book title!
Anything that would reduce the cost of getting into wood turning would be valuable.
I bought a 1947 Delta Machinery lathe about a year ago and have really enjoyed turning some small furniture parts and would like to get more involved in turning since you can get so much satisfaction from a project completed in such a short period of time. I'd love to learn more and this book looks like a great source of information. please count me in
I own several of his books, this looks like a great addition.
Looks good thanks for the chance to win.
I purchased a midi lathe this past summer, and it can be a costly addition. It will be interesting to read of options to cut costs.
I've done some metal turning but haven't tried wood turning yet. I'd love to give it a try and this looks like a good way to get me started.
This is my comment.
I am a great believer in recycling, modifying or building from scratch just about anything in order to meet my needs rather than buying something off the shelf that does not do the job. It is great to see a book oriented towards people like myself.
Thanks for the chance at a good looking book!
I just got a lathe for Christmas and could use the help. I am looking forward to expanding my woodworking horizons. Let the sawdust fly!
I love Ernies videos and other books. Hope I win this one!
Making tools been there.
I have always wanted to learn how to turn! Looks like a great book!
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