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I am a US expatriate living in Japan. Although I'm not new to woodworking, I am new to many aspects of it, including my newest hobby, turning. I've never had space for a lot of heavy tools but I was able to bring my 25 year old Shopsmith with me. It wouldn't surprise me if it were the only such device in Japan. Say what you will about them, they do fit five full-sized tools into the space of one, which is perfect for a situation like mine. Mine has helped me build everything from bookshelves to jewelry boxes over the years but due to fear of raising a cloud of indelible, unhealthy sawdust inside my tiny rented house I have never tried the lathe. That is, not until I moved into a new house with an outdoor shed that I can use for a woodshop. So now I am trying to teach myself how to turn using little more than what I read online for advice and inspiration. I'll be asking a lot of dumb questions of you all, I hope you don't mind. As they say in this country, yoroshiku onegaishimasu!
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Hello Gang,
I am a US expatriate living in Japan. Although I'm not new to woodworking, I am new to many aspects of it, including my newest hobby, turning. I've never had space for a lot of heavy tools but I was able to bring my 25 year old Shopsmith with me. It wouldn't surprise me if it were the only such device in Japan. Say what you will about them, they do fit five full-sized tools into the space of one, which is perfect for a situation like mine. Mine has helped me build everything from bookshelves to jewelry boxes over the years but due to fear of raising a cloud of indelible, unhealthy sawdust inside my tiny rented house I have never tried the lathe. That is, not until I moved into a new house with an outdoor shed that I can use for a woodshop. So now I am trying to teach myself how to turn using little more than what I read online for advice and inspiration. I'll be asking a lot of dumb questions of you all, I hope you don't mind. As they say in this country, yoroshiku onegaishimasu!
Welcome to the forum! I am sure you will find a lot of great resources here. Lots of talented people that are willing to help. I am not a lathe man so I can not help but I am glad you found some space in a country where space comes at a premium.

Enjoy the experience and keep us posted on your progress!


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Welcome to the forum Bu-San, like you, I've been woodworking most of my life but only tried my hand at turning comparatively recently. With the help of members skilled at turning, Bernie and Maurice come immediately to mind, I managed to progress far faster than I thought possible. Spend time looking through members galleries. This is a link to my last turning.

http://www.routerforums.com/woodturn...n-maurice.html

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Welcome, Bu-san. Glad to have you with us. There are at least a couple, maybe three, of us here on the Forums that have Shopsmiths. If you should have any Shopsmith specific questions you might want to try Here.

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