|Forum topic by David Grimes||posted 11-05-2011 05:59 AM||2667 views||3 times favorited||9 replies|
11-05-2011 05:59 AM
I began turning on the lathe very recently. I started with a decent beginner 8 pc. set of traditional lathe tools. I picked up on it fairly quickly, but felt from the beginning that the tools size and shapes were “cumbersome” (for want of a better word) and I did not like having to freshen the edges so often.
Like many of us do for new skills, I watched many Youtube videos and videos from websites selling things. I got a lot of answers there, even before I knew what questions to ask. I came across the videos of the guy from the Galbert Caliper turning spindles (he is really good IMO) before I even knew about his product. Yes, I bought one and love it.
I also came across Cap’n Eddie’s videos and found much information and demonstrations of technique that appealed to me personally. I really like his Shine Juice recipe (except I use de-waxed shellac so I canpoly or lacquer a final finish).
One or more of Cap’n Eddie’s videos introduced me to the carbide tipped lathe tools. Looking for them, I found that the Easy Wood Tools were exactly what I wanted, but beginning at over $90 to $125 or more EACH, they were not anything I was interested in since a full complement would push $1000 fairly quickly. In the interim, I bought a few tips off eBay, got a 1/2” square piece of steel at the BORG, and was making plans to fabricate my own (which I still plan to do since I have more cutter shapes than holders and handles).
Then, a few weeks later I actually went to Cap’n Eddie’s site (Big Guy Productions, I believe) and found that he makes and sells the holders and sells the cutters as well. His prices are better than anything I can find without going to bulk orders. I ordered four holders and a dozen tips from him. I am very pleased with that purchase. I believe I have years of cutters supply at this time.
Now, as to the actual use of these things? In one word: Eureka ! Better than I thought possible. I used the holders with tips to make the last two handles from square blanks into sanded and ready-to-finish handles in MINUTES. With the four handles made, stain/shellac/poly, a little drill press work, some epoxy, and still-to-come final finishing I have the tools that I will most certainly use most of the time instead of the traditional tools that I started with only weeks ago.
I am SO glad I did not order the much more expensive Crown or Sorby sets that I initially wanted. Not that they aren’t good or useful, but just because these carbide tips work so well into my plans and developing skills.
Some of you may want to know the cost to cobble together the collection of holders (4), handles (4), and tips (20 total in 6 shapes/types) that I have assembled. Less than $180.
Not really a gloat, but I am glad I got turned (no pun intended) on to these.
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia