This is the area for Tips, Questions Books and Tools. If you have a woodturning question e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll see if we can come up with an answer. Ray
Get woodturners together and you'll get numerous solutions to a problem and an overwhelming desire to help. Woodturners are generous with their tips and readily share "How to get it done".
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Touch up the edge of your cutting tool prior to finish cuts. We find that the edge gets beat up pretty bad getting to the finish phase. Benefit: cleaner finish cut could require requires less finish work. Ray
Do I need to buy a complete tool set to get started?
No. Give some thought as to what you are going to accomplish starting out. The club has a number of members willing to demo tools and give an idea what the different tools are used for. Once you are comfortable then you can make a choice. Every one of us has the tool on the shelf that didn't work for us. Ray
What tools do you use the most?
The most used in my tool roll are: 5/8" bowl gouge, Ellsworth grind; bowl gouge, traditional grind; 3/8" spindle gouge; straight parting tool (not diamond shaped); Raffan scraper. Ray
Is there a difference in tool quality?
I believe so. Working with tools my whole life I think that quality does pay off. You just need to know where to apply the benefit. I feel the metallurgical advances in the last ten years have taken today's tools to a level unimagined when Grand Dad was turning in the basement. I like the Sorby tools but favor the powdered metal tools. Tools from Doug Thompson are some of my favorites. The name manufacturers, however, all have good quality. I think the "hobby" grade tools from any of the name brands are quite acceptable. I avoid any "no name" tools and no tools from the tool place with the 25% off coupons in the newspaper. The "deal" tool usually will cost you somewhere down the road. Ask one of the club members if you want to try a tool out. If you need help let me know and I'll help find someone who can get you the tool help you need. Ray
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