|Review by jeffthewoodwacker||posted 02-03-2009 03:10 AM||10700 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I have seen a few postings on Lumberjocks about Thompson lathe tools (www.thompsonlathetools.com) and wanted to let everyone know these are some of the best turning tools that I have ever used. I purchased my first Thompson tool a couple of years ago and now own the complete set. Pictured are the 7/16” Thompson detail gouge and the 5/8” Thompson bowl gouge. The tools arrive sharp and ready to use right out of the box. They hold an edge better than every other tool that I have. You can either turn your own handle for the tool or purchase a ready made tool. One option is to purchase the Big Stick handle which gives you the option of using interchangeable collets to hold almost any diameter tool. The price of these tools is very reasonable. Thompson Tools is a small American manufacturer that offers a high quality product that they back 100%.
The big stick handle is available at www.bigsticktools.com and comes with an interchangeable 5/8” collet. You can purchase collets at www.enco.com – look for the enco R8 collet that has the drawbolt threads. They had a set of 8 on sale not long ago for $25. Big Stick handle is another American made product from a small manufacturer. One handle can be used for several different turning tools by using different collets.
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