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Posted on Needs some advice about turning chisels

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 04:23 PM

Personally I do not see the appeal of the Easy Wood tool. It seems to me that it would be great if you either do not know how to sharpen your tools or do not want to sharpen your tools. Otherwise it has no advantages that I can see and a few disadvantages over regular turning tools.

What type of turning you do will affect which tools you use. I turn small spindles, pens, and occasionally larger things like vases. The only tools I own are a Henry Taylor Kryo 3/8” spindle gouge and a Crown Pro-PM Bowl Gouge. My spindle gouge does a fine job with ruffing out a piece. I typically will sharpen my gouge 2 to 3 times per piece while working on a spindle depending on how much roughing I really need to do. I have a shop made jig that mimics the wolverine and it takes literally 2 seconds to sharpen my tools using it.

In my mind those are the only tools you need to get started and to do 98% of your turning. Buy other tools only after 1) your turning progresses to the point where you really need the use of a more specialized tool and 2) when you have a piece you want to make that really requires the more specialized tool.

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