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#1 posted 03-13-2010 03:18 PM

IMHO – It is essential that you keep your tools sharp and you need a good set-up for sharpening your tools. Even a $10 Harbor Freight set of tools will do a decent job IF THEY ARE SHARP. In fact, you will have to sharpen the cheaper tools more often than you would sharpen more expensive tools. Plan on pausing to sharpen every 5 to 10 minutes. Sharpening can be very quick if you have a good setup.

I advise a slow speed grinder with 8” wheels of 60 – 80 grit and a wolverine (or comparable) tool holding setup.

Other advice – Initially focus on using your gouges, scrapers and parting tools. Don’t touch the skew until you have some experience with these other tools.

Turning is a “feel thing”. You can read about the right way to hold the tools and people can tell you the right way to hold the tools but you won’t be a good turner until you learn what it feels like to hold the tools correctly. For most of us, that takes some time. Don’t get discouraged. Eventually it will be like someone turned on a light. You will know that right feeling.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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