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Benjamin's Best 6 piece Anniversary Set

Benjamin's Best 6 piece Anniversary Set

12-20-2009 05:27 AM by interpim | 8 comments »

I purchased this set of tools with a $10 coupon from Penn State, and have had about a week to put them to use. For the most part these are decent chisels, hold an edge well, and are beefy enough to prevent chatter.I knocked off one star due to the length of the chisel as a whole. I was expecting them to be a bit longer, They will suffice for work on my midi-lathe, but if you are getting into larger pieces I could foresee them being a bit of a hindrance. The chisels came with a decent g...

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As advertised

As advertised

11-26-2009 04:51 PM by USCJeff | 8 comments »

I’m not the type of woodworker with a lot of discretionary income to throw at every cool tool that hits the shelves. However, I am the type that might spend a little more for simplicity and ease of use to maximize the limited time I actual have to play in the shop. I was in Kentucky last weekend for a funeral (Grandpa – 83 years, struggled with Parkinson’s, comforted now that he free of illness, but is missed!) and passed a Woodcraft store. My Dad and I dropped in so I co...

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Rockler Pen Starter Kit and turning kits

Rockler Pen Starter Kit and turning kits

08-09-2009 09:00 AM by USCJeff | 17 comments »

I decided to finally give up my boycott and try my hand at pen making. I didn’t want to become one of those “pen guys”. There are a lot of things you need to get started on pen one. I bought the starter set as it seemed the simplist way to go about it. Having turned a couple pens now, I might have done it differently. The pricing is good considering the a la carte prices of the components. I found, however, I would have opted for different components. The mandrel work...

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Leatherman Skeletool CX Multitool, It's what Batman would carry.

Leatherman Skeletool CX Multitool, It's what Batman would carry.

07-21-2009 06:00 AM by EricWrights | 3 comments »

I already have a multi-tool (Swiss Army Champion Plus), it’s a great tool to be sure, but for me out of the 30 tools in it I only ever use the small blade and once in a blue moon the scissors. It’s a “little of everything” tool but not particularly strong in any one of the particular tools. The allure of the Skeletool for me was:The simplicity, but being strong in what it gives you:1. On the CX model, the 154CM combo plain/serrated blade is beefy enough to do a job ...

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Set of 8 Benjamin's Best HSS Lathe Chisel, good chisels, great price

Set of 8 Benjamin's Best HSS Lathe Chisel, good chisels, great price

05-01-2009 12:02 AM by Chris Wright | 9 comments »

With our wood turning program growing here at the shop, we were able to get new equipment, and part of that were two sets of the 8 piece Benjamin’s Best HSS lathe chisels from PSI ($69.95). I had never heard of Benjamin’s Best before I started pen turning and looking through the PSI catalog. So when I saw a 8 piece set of HSS tools for $70 I was skeptical of the quality. When they arrived I inspected them and they all needed to be re-ground, not a big deal since we also got a n...

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Tap it...

Tap it...

04-02-2009 04:47 AM by dmann | 4 comments »

I picked up a new Nova lathe at the Woodcraft sale last month and have been adjusting to the new spindle size. I sold all my old faceplates with my old lathe I am slowly gathering accessories for the larger spindle size of the new lathe. This gave me a perfect excuse to spring for a Beall Spindle Tap. Using this tool you can tap threads into a block of wood and thread it directly on your lathe spindle. Previously I could only create cusom chucks by clamping a block of wood in my scroll chu...

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Thompson bowl gouge and Thompson detail gouge

Thompson bowl gouge and Thompson detail gouge

02-03-2009 03:10 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 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. ...

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BowlSaw

BowlSaw

01-31-2009 03:43 PM by DougTx | 10 comments »

I had a very good experience with the 6” BowlSaw. The pictures show a black walnut blank that I now have a bowl and another piece that can be turned into a smaller bowl and/or a box. I followed the instructions included with the tool and did not have any problems. I started at 120 rpms and finished at 400 rpms. Will probably get the 8” tool and thus can core larger blanks and possibly make 3 bowl out of one blank.DougTx

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Using Steussy's 6" and 8" bowlsaw

Using Steussy's 6" and 8" bowlsaw

01-31-2009 09:11 AM by Bob Collins | 10 comments »

I have used the bowlsaws on soft and hard wood blanks, including Australian Red Gum, expensive burl blanks and other exotic wood, I realised that FINALLY here is a tool for the serious and the hobby turner alike.An inexpensive tool for saving the core of that expensive blank you bought which normally you would turn 75% of into saw dust. The size of the blank you start with will determine if you will get two or three bowls from the one blank and the more depth the blank has will give ...

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More bowls less shavings

More bowls less shavings

01-02-2009 03:13 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 4 comments »

I was given the opportunity to test out the Steussy 6” bowl saw and I was impressed. I have used several different coring systems to get multiple bowls from one blank but always felt that the cost of most of these would keep most turners from purchasing. Dick Steussy has created an inexpensive tool that gives even novice turners the opportunity to get two or three bowls out of one blank.The bowl saw has a good handle to hold what looks like sawsall blade on steroids. You mount your b...

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