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Forum topic by Karda posted 02-26-2017 06:38 PM 696 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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02-26-2017 06:38 PM

Hi I am looking at turning tools at Penn state, benjamins best and have a couple questions.
which is better for a beginer to use a flat skew or an oval skew
is width important in a parting tool, penn state has a half inch wide tool that fits my budget thanks Mike


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#1 posted 02-26-2017 06:55 PM

For me the most difficult tool to master has been the skew, after years I am still struggling with it. So far I’ve had the best results w/ the Lacer skew, like this.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 02-26-2017 06:59 PM

This parting too will get you started, and be fine. typically they are 1/8th inch wide.
https://www.pennstateind.com/store/LX420.html

I personally don’t use a skew very often. I only have the flat one that came in a set of sorby tools I started with. Never tried the oval one so I can’t be of any help there.
https://www.pennstateind.com/store/LX010.html

-- John

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#3 posted 02-26-2017 06:59 PM

how necessary is the skew

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#4 posted 02-26-2017 08:44 PM

Honestly, I never use it. Just played with it a few times. You master it and you can do alot with it. I have seen a demo with Kevin Drake of Glen Drake tools. He was doing some amazing work with just a skew.
For myself, I like gouges better. And I do use some carbide tools too. I do most everything with a variety of bowl and spindle gouges. When I need to hollow something I tend to go with carbide. Then back to a gouge for a clean finish cut.

-- John

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#5 posted 02-26-2017 09:17 PM

ok thanks

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#6 posted 02-26-2017 09:40 PM

Sorry Karda, but we have covered all these questions in your previous threads.

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#7 posted 02-26-2017 10:03 PM

Like the flat skew, own several different sizes, no experience with the oval skew. Yes does take little practice but once you learn great tool. Check out some great videos on You Tube they cover everything from how to use and sharpening.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 02-26-2017 10:44 PM

ok thanks that helps

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#9 posted 02-28-2017 09:42 PM

Prefer the flat one. If you are doing spindle work then a skew is very helpful, but if bowls are your interest then a skew isn’t necessary

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#10 posted 02-28-2017 09:44 PM

Skews are like punctuation. The more you use them, the more you’re able to succeed.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#11 posted 02-28-2017 09:58 PM

thanks I ordered the oval well see what happens. By the way should I wear a mask while turning,

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#12 posted 03-01-2017 01:20 AM

By the way should I wear a mask while turning,

- Karda

You’re kidding, right?

Of course!

Eye protection (safety glasses) and a good face shield are a must.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Bill7255

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#13 posted 03-01-2017 01:44 AM

Oval or flat is really a user preference. I have both, however I am not very profesicent using them as intended. I use them as negative rake scrapers.

-- Bill R

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#14 posted 03-01-2017 04:01 AM

I wondered about the mask because the only utube I ever saw where a lathe operator used or mentioned a mask was one where after he was done with the project he sanded still on the lathe then he said to wear a mask, Bil what is a negative rake scraper thanks Mike

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#15 posted 03-01-2017 06:22 AM

If you are talking about a dust mask, it is probably a matter of determining if the dust bothers you. While turning, you mostly get chips but sanding on the lathe generates a lot of dust so you may want to protect your lungs.

If you are talking about a face shield, I would highly recommend it especially for beginners. One reason many youtubers don’t use masks or face shields is that it is difficult to record their voices while wearing them.

The skew is primarily used in spindle turning and is especially important for getting a really smooth finish on spindles. In some cases you won’t need to sand after using a skew. It is also used for many of the different profiles you cut into spindles,

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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