7x12 Lathe - "mini" or regular size tools?

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Forum topic by Woodknack posted 01-05-2013 07:04 PM 828 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2013 07:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe tool mini

I will turn a variety of projects (spindles, boxes, small bowls) but obviously nothing very large. Would you go with one of the mini sets or regular size? I’ve tried a full size tool on it and it feels a bit cramped and awkward but nothing I couldn’t get used to.

-- Rick M,

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 07:10 PM

Longer handles and tool shafts give you more leverage,
which is useful when rough turning to round and hogging

It would be nice to have both kinds of tools I reckon.
Full sets of each size might be overkill.

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 07:20 PM

Yeah I was thinking of maybe a full size roughing gouge and then a mini size set.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 02:59 PM

With smaller turnings the smaller tools would werk better. IMHO. Just due to the smaller distance between the headstock and tailstock of smaller lathes getting into tight turns of smaller turnings will be difficult with the larger tools. The longer handles will strike the tailstock often. I even have this problem with my Powermatic because because of space restrictions I have the headstock forward with motor even with frame end. With some of my longer tools I have trouble making the long sweep necessary for deeper cuts.

I read it somewhere lately that you can turn large blanks with small tools but it is hard to turn small blanks with large tools. Kinda over kill.

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