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#1 posted 12-26-2012 10:07 PM


If you are making sawdust you have one of two problems (probably both :D):

- your tool is to dull. You can get the HF tools sharp enough and I’d work on doing that before dropping more dollars.

- You aren’t presenting the cutting edge correctly. Go get a stack of cheap 2×2’s and just practice making them round until you can get shavings to spin off of them. When you’re in the right spot the shavings will just fly off even if the tool is a bit dull with this softer wood. The very little I’ve played with carbide I actually find it harder to get the right angle because I don’t have the reference bevel on the backside. Once you know how the tool SHOULD cut its easier to make other tools do what you want.

Take the chisels and with the lathe OFF cut some shavings off of the work. Once you do that and see what the correct angle for the tool is to make a shaving try the same angle and altitude (angle is left/right, altitude is the tool handle up/down) with the lathe on. You should be able to get curlies (at least small ones) pretty quickly by going back and forth that way. Do this with each tool and you’ll start to figure out how they work pretty quickly.

Eddie is the other carbide tool dealer I was thinking off but couldn’t remember after a few eggnogs last night, thanks for digging that up. He is generally well regarded and reported to treat folks fair.

Today the only use I can see for Carbon steel is for shop made tools like ? (hook) shaped bowl cutters or other specialty tools. Any of the HSS steel tools are going to be “pretty good” compared to what you could get a generation ago. When I took my first class we sharpened all of the lathe tools on slip stones.. man that was tedious!!

I should have added that the woodcraft 8” slow speed comes with good enough wheels. They aren’t perhaps as nice as the Norton or a CBN, but you’re paying close to the same price for a decent set of wheels and a grinder as a set of wheels would normally cost.

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