|Review by Tom Godfrey||posted 09-12-2012 11:27 AM||5306 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
This will be the first review that I have ever written about any tool and not sure if I have enough knowledge to even write this.
I have been doing wood turning now for about two or three months and up until that time I had never had any knowledge or experience with wood turning.
Like everything else, all I can do is either master the art of turning or fail and I am not one to fail. I just want give up. You tube and a lot of reading gave me a start. I purchased a Delta Rockwell 46-525 off crags list. Guy wanted 425.00 dollars but not knowing anything about a lathe my thinking was I really don’t have that kind of money to spend on something I know nothing about. I knew I wanted it and gave him a call and asked every question I could think about. My main concern was it in working condition or was it all worn out. Turn out he knew less than I did about a lathe. I drove the hour or so distance and knew right away I was going to buy it. Checked the bearing and etc to see if it was tight and every thing seem to be okay.
I will give you 395 for it. Then he told me he was selling it for some lady whose husband had passed away and would have to check with her. He made the call and she said okay.
Let me tell you that bugger is heavy and with the help of a couple more people we were able to get it loaded on my truck. Got it home and it ran great, still didn’t know anything other than what I had read.
Let me back up some before I go any further. After it was loaded on my truck the man said there are some other parts that go with it. Come to find out a set of turning tools, a couple of face plates, and five different tool rests. I knew then I hit a home run. You figure all that together and that comes to a lot of money.
Now to the tool review. No it’s not about the delta Rockwell lathe but will tell you this it’s a horse. Variable speed. Will turn up to 3600 rpms. Thing the low side is about 370 or something like that.
I spend the last few months with the tool set I got with the lathe and then found out it was hard to keep them shape and went on line and you tube once again and found out how to make a jig to sharpen the tools. It’s worked great but I still wanted better cutting tools.
Now this is what I am excited about and want to share with all you wood turners and soon to be wood turners. Keep in mind I am not great at wood turning so this is my opinion.
I was able to contact a man and his wife that made their own wood turning tools. It’s in the line of some of the others I have looked at but knew I would never be able to afford them.
You want believe how low the cost of these tools are from Joe. He makes a set of six for a price you want believe. You don’t have to buy a set you can buy one at a time. I started with two and liked them so much I ordered the other four.
It took some doing for me to be able to change from what I was doing to using these tools. The main thing is you have to set the tool rest where the cutting edge of his tools is on the center line. You keep the tool level. I place my left hand on the tool next to the tool rest and hold the end of the handle with my right hand.
Tell you what you go to this web site and check it out for yourself. www.thingswestern.com. I would never consider any other wood turning tool but you take a look and make your own decision. Feel sure Joe wouldn’t mind you giving him a call, I did. Talked to both him and his wife. Super nice people and he want tear you up with shipping and handling cost either. Of course he charges shipping but it’s way better than any other thing I have ordered.
If you decided to buy please let me know what you think about these tools
I wrote this review a month or so ago and have been thinking if I should post this or not since I am so new to wood turning. Since writing this I now know its okay to post because I have been able to turn things that I wouldn’t have been able to do with my old turning tools. I have put those tools away and now only use the tools from www.thingswestern.com.
-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (firstname.lastname@example.org)