Old Wood - Like a breath of fresh air. If someone had told me £1000 and the learning curves associated with turning and grinding I would not have bothered.One of the problems with wood turning is the learning curve, and related to that what I see as the investment.
Some new hobbies can be started on a shoe string or minimal investment - some require serious money - those in the middle I've always suggested require about £1000. Turning may be a bit less than this but it will creap up to that.
Thanks for the compliments but not necessary - £8.50 speed controller complete with digital read out from ebay- two wires to power supply two wires to motor.Fester
Well done, mate, you’ve definitely saved yourself a shed load of cash. Wood turning kit is expensive. I sometimes think that manufacturers and retailers think of a number and then double it. I’m not sure, however, that your solution is open to everyone. Your impressive looking home made lathe, and your carbide tipped tools suggest that you have skills in metal working, and the machines to do it.Similarly, you must have sophisticated electrical skills to produce a variable speed lathe with digital read out. Not everyone has the knowledge, skills, or the equipment to do that.
I’m intrigued by your tools, Given that you turned the handles for them , what did you use to do it?