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Forum topic by Joshy posted 04-20-2011 01:54 AM 1031 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joshy

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04-20-2011 01:54 AM

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Has any one ever used butt and or bench chisels for between centers turning. I recently made a spring pole lathe, mostly from scrap boards, because money is kinda tight. I have learned that butt chisel will work if properly honed. I guess my question is (am I wasting my energy by using these chisels and are real turning tools that much more effective).


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#1 posted 04-20-2011 02:09 AM

If they work for you then go with it. Normally a roughing gouge will work quicker at turning down a block, but if you can use something like a pair of vice grips to hold the chisel at an angle, you can do fairly well.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#2 posted 04-20-2011 02:40 AM

Thanks for the reply to my question. Have you ever used a spring pole lathe.

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#3 posted 04-20-2011 02:43 AM

You can also grind old files to make woodturning scrapers. They work
pretty well because the file steel handles the heat from turning friction
well.

Turning works best if you have a handle on the tool long enough to
put two hands on it.

I wouldn’t recommend using good bench chisels on a lathe – you
might break them or bend them badly. Just a concern. They
aren’t made for turning you know.

You ought to be able to get a used starter set of inexpensive turning tools
on ebay for $20 or something.

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#4 posted 04-20-2011 02:49 AM

Joshy, I have never used a spring pole lathe, but have contemplated building one myself. Right now I have a Ridgid 12×37 and a little Jet 10×14. I make quite a few of my own chisels from different kinds of scrap metal. Just grind to shape and harden the working end. Make and install a handle on them.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#5 posted 04-20-2011 02:38 PM

Thank you for the information on making your own turning tools. I have a very old blacksmith forge and anvil. I also have some old rusty files, but how do you cut and or grind them? My dad has a lot of old railroad spikes, will those work? One more question, if any you were to recommend a few basic turning tool what would they be. I might break down and by some.

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#6 posted 04-20-2011 04:00 PM

My first roughing gouge, which I made years ago, was a 18” piece of 3/4” black iron pipe. I ground the end to a bevel similar to what I’d seen in store-bought examples. It worked!!

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