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Forum topic by highflyer posted 12-06-2009 08:47 PM 1548 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2009 08:47 PM

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My fiancee has eluded to purchasing me a lathe as one of my christmas presents and well I’ve watched a few excerpts on lathe turning but i’m still unfamiliar with the turning tools. For any and all you turners out there what basic tools does one need in starting in lathe turning. I do most or all my tool shopping from and this is exactly where she baught the lathe from and they do have some nice turning tool sets. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 09:03 PM

It really depends on what type of turning you want to do.

I recommend the following though, sizes will be dependent on the size of work you plan on doing

Spindle Gouge
Parting tool
Roughing Gouge
Bowl Gouge
Round nose Scraper

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 10:39 PM

I would recommend a cheap set like these from HF After learning to turn and proper sharpening technics you can upgrade to better tools and you will more know what kind of turning you will do.

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 10:49 PM

Check out the boxed set of Benjamin turning tools at Pen State Industries.
Several LJs use them and swear by them so I bought 2 at the wood show last month and I like them and not nearly as expensive as the Sorby tools. I plan to buy a set after Christmas. I also like the full sized tools verses the mini tools, but its a personnel preference.

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#4 posted 12-06-2009 10:52 PM

There’s a lot of choice out there, but make sure get at least high speed steel (HSS). They hold an edge longer.

Also, get a sharpening system. You will get frustrated with dull tools.

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 03:26 AM

Thanks All.

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#6 posted 12-07-2009 04:04 AM

I just started lathe work and I went with the Benjamin’s best tools (bought my 8 piece set on Amazon for about $50 or so). For a grinder, Grizzly sells a nice low speed wet grinder (compatible with Tormek jigs if you need them) for about $150. Got that through Amazon too since the Grizz site is a bit weird and things ship just as fast from Grizz through Amazon.

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#7 posted 12-07-2009 04:21 AM

I really think that the first tool that you invest in should be a class in basic turning. Preferably one with 1 on 1 instruction. By the time you finish You will have a good idea what you need/want in both tools and sharpening system. I personly use all Sorby tools (English) because I prefer European steel. Whatever you buy make certain to get HSS

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