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Posted on Lathe tools, is carbide worth it?

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#1 posted 11-20-2014 02:32 PM

I disagree with those saying that you can’t get a smooth surface with carbide. I believe it depends on the conditions of the wood whether it’s going to be smooth or not.
I’ve turned many pieces of dry Mesquite with EWT with very little sanding required. Then, just yesterday, I turned green Chilean Mesquite with the EWT’s, and had what looked like 2” long hair growing from the wood. I got a HSS gouge and cleaned it up, but if the wood was dry, it would have come out smooth.
Too much tool overhang will cause chatter, which will leave tool marks on the wood. Carbide tool marks seem to be a little harder to remove than marks from HSS….......... You need to practice tool control no matter the tool you are using….. Jerry (in Tucson)

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