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Forum topic by Tyrone posted 670 days ago 2712 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tyrone

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670 days ago

Hello,
I bought a lathe yesterday and am wondering what the best chisel set for a beginner is.
I want the lowest price possible but I don’t want garbage. I would feel comfortable around the $60-80 price range. I still have to buy some face plates for the lathe.
This set is being sold locally:
http://classifieds.castanet.net/showproduct.php/product/1288439/cat/all
I’m not sure on the brand. It looks like the seller bought it at auction.

And that was my third thread on Lumberjocks today…

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

-- Tyrone - Canada, BC


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Mickey Cassiba

312 posts in 1531 days


#1 posted 670 days ago

While I am by no means a master turner, I’ve been around metal and wood turning lathes a long time. When I started turning wood I bought a set of Harbor Freight carbon steel chisels, and the have served me well. That said, buying sets often leaves you with tools that you never use. I have three ‘go to’ tools that I use for most of my work, a 1” skew that was made for me by a friend, and a 1/2” bowl gouge that I bought from PSI. They are both HSS. I made my own cut off tool from a carbide 1/8 metal cutting cutoff tool. The HF tools were around 20 bucks, and quite useful in learning to sharpen tools. And you will have to sharpen them. You don’t feel as bad when you have to re-grind an inexpensive tool because you mucked up the geometry of the cutting edge. Remember this one point…the lathe is probably your smallest investment…tools and goodies will suck your wallet dry.
Enjoy!

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MedicKen

1599 posts in 1962 days


#2 posted 670 days ago

I had these and they were nice. Held an edge well, easy to sharpen and well balanced. They were sold with the lathe when i decided I didnt like turning

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/LCHSS8.html

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Bill White

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#3 posted 670 days ago

I picked up an old Craftsman set about 20 yrs. ago. They are still in use today. Think I paid about $15.00.
The set shown in your initial post looks no better than the HF set which, as pointed out, is a darn good learner set.
Don’t think for a minute that I haven’t added stuff to the lathe tool pile.
Bill

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Loren

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#4 posted 669 days ago

These days HSS tools can be had for prices which are not
too high.

You’ll probably want a bowl gouge too, which won’t be
included in a set.

Longer tools for turning are more versatile in my opinion.

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