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Forum topic by mski posted 02-01-2009 03:43 AM 4068 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mski

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02-01-2009 03:43 AM

Anyone have opinions on these turning tools?

http://www.thompsonlathetools.com/products.asp

I just got a Jet 12X20 and loving it except for the $ for tools to turn with, got some Sorby tools and am aproaching the lathe price!!
These sound good and are priced right, making handles for them would be entertaining. They also have some good info on turning handles and sharpening so if anything a good site.
Lee Valley have some from AUS too, with a good savings.

-- MARK IN BOB, So. CAL


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#1 posted 02-01-2009 05:13 AM

Thompson lathe tools are some of the best turning tools that I have ever used. Doug Thompson stands behind everything he sells – small operation with outstanding quality control. The tools come ready to use and stay sharp longer than most tools. You can make your own handles for them. I own a “Big Stick” handle with interchangeable collets that I use for the Thompson lathe tools. If you would like more info on the tools or the handle let me know.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#2 posted 02-01-2009 01:48 PM

I have 4 spindle gouges & 6 bowl gouges & just got a scraper. Doug is a regular poster on a web site I belong to Woodturner’s Resource http://www.woodturnersresource.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl
He makes the best turning tools there is they are all Cryo hardened & he uses A-11 steel & their about 1/2 of what the name brands cost. I did these 5 ring bowls & finally after the 5th one I had to sharpen my gouge.

Sorry I can’t post the pics for some reason.

Another tool to consider is Craig’s Ci1 & Ci2 tool check out his you tube videos (I also have both of these & they are fabulous)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCKluqkR4Gs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KrWHEvx4KI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQntPkS6bBQ

Their both small business owners & stand behind their product. These are some of the best turning tools there is hands down.

I have no affiliation with either Doug or Craig but am proud to call them friends.

Chuck

-- Chuck, Mostly a woodturner

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mski

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#3 posted 02-01-2009 04:21 PM

Thanks Jeff & Chuck,
I am new to this and for now I need a bowl gouge and scraper,
First the V and U grinds I don’t get it ? I am just doing small 10” max.
And for the scrapers I noticed they need shaped, is this difficult to do without overheating the metal?
I made a jig for my gouges and it works well, I butchered my skew but getting the hang of it.
Any suggestions will be apreciated.

-- MARK IN BOB, So. CAL

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Chuck B

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#4 posted 02-01-2009 11:22 PM

Mski,
The best thing for you is good info. One thing I would suggest is join your local turning club here is a list of them. By your profile your in south California here is a link to the ones in your area find the closest one to you.

http://www.woodturner.org/community/chapters/LocalChapters.asp

The club may have what’s called a “Mentoring Program” that is a turner with a good amount of experience will go one on one with you show you all the basics from safety, spindle work, chucking, sharpening, etc… I would also suggest Bill Grumbines video “turned bowls made easy here is his web site. http://www.wonderfulwood.com/video.html I also have Jimmy Clews 3 DVD set turn it on here is his web site. http://www.jimmyclewes.com/videodvd.shtml both of these guys give you excellent info on making bowls & spindles & give you very close up shots on how the tools should be used.

Your going to need a sharpening system a lot of guys use the Wolverine system here is a link to it.http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=1998 or any of the similar systems will work. They will give you repeatable accuracy. There is so much to be learned your going to feel like you had info overload. I have been turning only a little over 2 years myself & I’m having a blast.

The very first thing I would strongly suggest is find a local club in your area & go to a meeting. It’s not fun having a spinning piece of wood come off the lathe possibly towards you you could get seriously hurt.

I hope this helps if you need / want more info on turning I could PM you a bunch of web sites with great info.

Chuck

-- Chuck, Mostly a woodturner

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mski

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#5 posted 02-02-2009 05:26 AM

Thanks Chuck,
I have been doing great on my own with books and the web but any help would be apreciated. I checked and there is a club close by. and yes a couple of pieces flew off already!!
Also that Ci1 is very very impressive, I turned a Oak bowl from scrap, (now I know why one needs a bowl gouge not spindle!!) but it did turn out awesome!!!
Fire away at the web sites.
Thanks again

-- MARK IN BOB, So. CAL

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