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Forum topic by dmann posted 1967 days ago 2046 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dmann

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1967 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: woodturning parting tool

So after having a regular old double sided 3/16” parting tool for a while I picked up a thin kerf tool to make pen turning a little easier. Well that was the plan anyway :)

Can someone explain to me the proper way to present this to the wood?

I am used to using a regular parting tool so I figured I would attempt to use it that way. I tried to present it angled edge down with the angled edge rubbing and ease into a cut but it started digging into the wood and I had to pull it away. It left a very jagged rough cut.

I flipped it over so the angled edge was up but I decided agianst presenting it to the wood, it just looked like it was going to dig in and I was already gun shy from my first attempt.

Any suggestions?

-- David / Durham, NC


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lew

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#1 posted 1967 days ago

I’ve never used one but I thought it would be the same as using a skew chisel to make a groove.

With the skew, I use the toe (point) and ease it in at about the 10 o’clock point on the work piece.

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

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papadan

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#2 posted 1967 days ago

I’ve never seen such a short handled lathe chisel. My guess would be that is causing the chatter by not having any leverage to hold it steady. What brand is that cut off tool?

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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lew

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#3 posted 1958 days ago

Found this YouTube. Not exactly what you asked about but maybe it will help

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Joo-cBzsjQ&feature=related

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

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trifern

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#4 posted 1958 days ago

Hey David, this is how I use mine.

The angle may not be exactly right. I was holding it with my left hand while taking the photo with my right. Hope this helps.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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dmann

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#5 posted 1958 days ago

Papadan – there are a few manufacturers that make it, I got mine from Penn State Industries but I’ve seen similar versions in the catalogs from other popular vendors.

Lew and Trifern thank you for the visual aids, I think I get it now. My parting tool is right out of the box, I am thinking I need to spend some time grinding off the front corner and coming up with an angle I can comfortably work with. I’ll give it a try this weekend and report back.

-- David / Durham, NC

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