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Posted on Oval skews -- your insights please?

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#1 posted 06-21-2015 12:33 AM

FWIW, I have retired my oval skew and have gone to a set of Alan Lacer skews.

I found the oval skew to be hard to sharpen and flimsy, resulting in rough cuts. The only way I could get an acceptable cut was to crank up the speed on the lathe, and take repeated light cuts.

IMO, the heavier, flat skews (like Lacer’s) are easier to sharpen, produce better cuts and are easier to control. I still turn with the lathe cranked up, but I get a good quality finish off the tool with about half the effort.

I was never able to do a peeling cut with the oval … with the flat skews I can get rid of a lot of waste very quickly.

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