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Forum topic by DKV posted 09-18-2014 05:28 PM 901 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2014 05:28 PM

When I practice woodturning in my quest to turn a chess set I have discovered all I need are the chisels pictured below. Keeping in mind the small size of the pieces I would appreciate any suggestions that I could add to the list of chisels. Thanks,

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#1 posted 09-19-2014 01:23 PM

Most of what I see are bench chisels. They are not what you want on a lathe, but these are for your hand drill lathe, right?
Not much torque there, I wouldn’t be scared to try them, but I ‘d wear a full face shield anyway. Bench chisels have shorter tangs to hold them in the handle.

You need a gouge. Scrapers and parting tools you can make out of any good steel,but I’ve not yet seen a homemade gouge.

I got this set at a flea market for $2. Watch for it on sale. I usually would not recommend these. The gouge profiles are wrong for what I like, they don’t stay sharp , but for $2 I’ll grind them into whatever I want.

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 05:14 PM

The problem is with the steel. It is a poor quality steel and won’t hold a sharp edge. For $2, you get what you pay for.

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 08:08 PM

Personally I would want a parting tool, roughing gouge, and spindle gouge (fingernail, Irish, Ellsworth or whatever they call it grind). Should be able easily make chess pieces with just those and all very user friendly in regards to experience.

Overall I wouldn’t worry too much about the grind that comes with the tool as many of the offerings (some would argue all) need to be reground from the start. Some skip that worry and go with the carbide cutters especially if not a purist.

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