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Forum topic by FaTToaD posted 06-23-2014 07:03 PM 595 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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FaTToaD

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06-23-2014 07:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: turning lathe robert sorby chisel skew gouge cleaning oil maintenance question

I’ve got a couple of hopefully quick questions for all you turners out there.

First, I acquired quite a few turning tools when I got my new shop, several Robert Sorby gouges, skews, etc. along with some Buffalo, Benjamin’s Best, Delta among others. One of the Sorby tools I just can’t figure out what it is. It’s very small, like the micro line but with the normal wood handle. It says it’s 5mm 3/16 and it’s got a strange tip:

Sorry for the lousy pictures, I just took them on my cell phone real quick. I’ve looked all over the internet including the Robert Sorby site but can’t find this particular tool.

Any thoughts or ideas? I sure would hate to have a tool and not know what it’s for!

And finally, I was wondering what your routine is for cleaning up and maintaining you turning tools. I don’t mean sharpening but more the cleaning of the handles and metal and keeping them in nice condition. Several of the tools I acquired are in fine working order they just need to be cleaned and sharpened but I wasn’t real sure how to approach it. One wood turning book I had suggested wiping the metal down with oil rag (like 3-in-1) but wasn’t sure.

Any thoughts or feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

-- David


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 07:43 PM

Have never seen a tool like that in a tool catalog or at Sorby web site. Guess someone modified the tool, just not sure from what.

http://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/woodturning.htm

-- Bill

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 08:44 PM

Custom grind in my opinion.
Bill

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#3 posted 06-23-2014 08:48 PM

No idea.

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FaTToaD

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#4 posted 06-23-2014 09:45 PM

I was wondering if it might be some sort of custom grind. It’s strange how there’s a small shoulder then a flat area with a gouge or possibly scraper type grind.

-- David

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#5 posted 06-23-2014 10:19 PM

Looks like some sort of custom ground hollowing tool or scraper.

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#6 posted 06-23-2014 10:20 PM

Sorby is kind of random in what stock they use. I have Sorby
firmer chisels and they are all over the place in terms of
stock dimensions they are made from.

It’s probably something like an early round nose “micro”
scraper before they decided to make them square.

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#7 posted 06-24-2014 11:35 AM

I’d guess a custom grind….maybe for a small project used as a hollowing tool.. I’d just say to wipe them down or dust them off after using them.

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#8 posted 06-24-2014 01:52 PM

”... I was wondering what your routine is for cleaning up and maintaining you turning tools.”

I keep an inexpensive paint brush at the lathe and use it to clean out the flute on my tools. If there is any stubborn gunk (walnut and many exotic woods can leave a buildup), I use an inexpensive solvent (Goof Off) ...
... on a paper towel.

I typically sharpen the tools I will be using for a project at the beginning of the turning session.

-- 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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