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Forum topic by Micahm posted 09-04-2013 11:21 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micahm

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09-04-2013 11:21 PM

Hello,

I am wonder what are some useful tools and accessories for woodturning various projects, mostly bowls but if I have to tools and curiosity I like to try different things. I see some people use bandsaws in videos for helping make blanks, I seen spiral and texturing tools, duplicators/copiers, steady rests, etc. So what are some you enjoy and make your work easier and more enjoyable? It can be any thing you use for turning from cutting the tree or wood for a blank to the finished product.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me. - Tony Konovaloff


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TheDane

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 02:17 AM

Ernie Conover has a column in Woodworkers Journal … the subject in the current edition is ‘Setting Up A Turning Shop’.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Wildwood

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 12:11 PM

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Ron Ford

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 02:59 PM

Hi Micahm – I agree with the items mentioned in the video clip link already sent, and would suggest the following as ‘must have’ items for bowl turning (which is also my particular favorite):
’ -sharpening system – there are several different ones out there, but sharp tools are not only more efficient but also much safer to use -face mask – absolutely critical! -faceplates – a variety of sizes is very useful -chucks – many brands and jaw types are out there. Find ones you like. I have four Nova chucks and 6 or 7 jaw sets and use them all in different applications -right angle sander – either powered or hand held. Very useful in sanding bowls.

-bandsaw – I use a 14” Rikon and it has all the power and size I need to cut bowl blanks from green logs

You’ll find that there is a practically endless variety of other tools, jigs, and appliances out there, but feel your way into the hobby before you buy things you don’t really need.

Hope this is helpful. I really enjoy turning and will gladly share any other information you may care to ask of me.

Ron -

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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Wildwood

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 07:51 PM

Turning projects really direct you to tools and accessories you need to complete them.

You really have to decide on what tools and accessories needed to complete turning projects you want do.

Here is a list of popular turning projects while no way a complete list might help.
http://www.woodturningonline.com/Turning/Turning_projects.php

-- Bill

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Micahm

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 01:09 AM

So I got the easywood carbide tools, so a sharpener wouldn’t be required right? I just have to buy tips when they wear out. What would I need to cut bowl blanks out of already dried logs?

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me. - Tony Konovaloff

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Rick M.

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 01:29 AM

You’ll need a bandsaw or chainsaw or both to cut out bowl blanks.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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Ron Ford

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#7 posted 09-06-2013 01:38 AM

I have the Easy Rougher and Easy Finisher tools also and like them quite a bit. Still a good chance you will end up buying other tools that will need periodic sharpening, so you may want to research the various systems out there to see which ones appeal to you.

By the way, you can get much less expensive replacement tips for the Easy Wood Tools at www.eddiecastelin.com. Cap’n Eddie, as he is known, is a really great guy and also has a ton of wonderful woodturning videos on Youtube. Search for him under ‘Cap’n Eddie’. He covers a lot of ground in his films and has a lot of terrific ideas you will want to use.

Ron

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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TheDane

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#8 posted 09-06-2013 01:45 AM

Micahm—In my experience, the carbide-tipped tools are handy for some stuff, but they are no panacea. I use them for roughing and shipping, but go to conventional tools (gouges, scrapers, skews) for finishing cuts. I have never been able to get as clean a cut with the carbides as I can with the HSS tools. With the carbides, I wind up doing a lot more sanding than with the HSS tools.

And Ron is right on with his advice about Cap’n Eddie … you will not find a better deal on carbide cutters than the prices Eddie offers, and if you need something, call him. He answers the phone!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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lew

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#9 posted 09-06-2013 04:16 AM

Here’s a couple of site I have found helpful

http://www.woodturnersresource.com/

http://davidreedsmith.com/

http://www.woodworkersguide.com/2010/10/17/how-to-make-a-longworth-chuck/

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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SCOTSMAN

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#10 posted 09-06-2013 06:04 PM

if you are handy with your handworking skills ( and most American’s are )then making a tct cutter should be quite easy I have made lots of them and also hss tools by forming handles atc.I would advise you if you go down this route to buy your woodworking tct tips on ebay under engineering lathe tools as their cutters use them a lot.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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