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Forum topic by Tyrone D posted 06-17-2012 08:16 AM 9175 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tyrone D

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06-17-2012 08:16 AM

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:
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.

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#1 posted 06-17-2012 10:27 AM

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.

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#2 posted 06-17-2012 11:56 AM

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

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#3 posted 06-17-2012 03:37 PM

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.


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#4 posted 06-17-2012 04:18 PM

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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#5 posted 10-16-2014 12:42 PM

I know this is an older forum, but thought I’d fast forward a few years. I’m an avid woodworker, but new at turning as well. Has anyone used the Easy Wood Tools ( chisels? They are a bit pricey, but have a carbide tip that is replaceable. I thought that might be nice – not having to sharpen the chisels all the time – which requires another investment in a tool sharpener. Or, if I go with a cheaper set, has anyone used the WorkSharp 3000 to sharpen chisels before?

Thanks for the input!

-- Brian, Pelham, AL

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