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Posted on Lathe tools, is carbide worth it?

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#1 posted 11-19-2014 10:18 PM

I have some of the Easy Wood Tools. They will make it easaier to turn some basic stuff, and are more forgiving than, for example, a bowl gouge. Catches with a carbide tool are memorable, catches with a bowl gouge or a skew chisel will bring you to religion. I have started adding some of the Crown PM tools to the arsenal, and have come to learn that there is no substitute for high quality steel turning tools. They require skill, but will open up new worlds for you. It is actually far easier to get a smooth surface with a good sharp gouge than a carbide tool. Carbide tools are typically scrapers and cause a lot of tear out, which leads to long afternoons holding sandpaper and cussing friction.

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