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3285jeff

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05-19-2015 07:53 PM

I’m amazed at what you can do with a skew and would like to get better with it;;;I have noticed most skews are about 1 inch wide and some are actually wider;;can anyone tell me which is the perfected type and why;;;and what is a good brand of skew to buy;;


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#1 posted 05-19-2015 08:33 PM

I have ¼” round skew, traditional ½”, ¾”, 1” & 1 ¼” skews some of those traditional skews have doubles. Cannot tell which one or size is the best all about size wood you are turning. I tend to wear out my ½” skews pretty fast.

Many people recommend a 1” skew but to me all about size and what you are turning. My skews made by Hamlet, Henry Taylor, and Sorby and all have served me well.

JMHO, HSS skew will serve you well and your favorite vender should have any brand you like. Not sure need KYRO, powder metal, or other exotic steel like Thompson skews. Have one ½” Kryo steel tool and disappointed with it!

You can check out Crafts Supplies & Packard Woodworks which carry all the major brands or must go with exotic steel buy a Thompson skew. If call Packard 1-800- 683- 8876 they will send you a free catalog. Also watch for discounts and sales!

http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com

http://packardwoodworks.com

http://thompsonlathetools.com/

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 11:45 AM

For most I usually go to a 1”; I do have a 1/2” and a 1-1/2” skew. The 1/2” is very good for small diameters. The 1-1/2” is very good for roughing and large work 2” or more.
The edges of the length should be rounded somewhat to prevent digging into the tool rest. Some come rounded but are typically more expensive and I rounded mine myself.

Any of the UK (Sheffield steel) brands are normally good. In addition to those mentioned by Bill you can add Crown, Ashley Iles, and I am sure others. Mine are Sorby and Crown.
Packard is one of my favorite vendors and their store brand is made by Hamlet. They also carry Sorby and other UK makers.

You can also get a curved cutting edge or straight. I prefer straight; I tried a curved one for a while and reground it back straight. The straight is also a lot easier to hone.

The skew is one tool, maybe the only one, that you want really sharp. I suggest a good diamond stone. After sharpening mine do no not back to the grinder. To do so would be going backwards unless you want to increase the hollow grind. In use a few strokes brings it back to sharpness. JMHO but the small the diameter the more sharpness matters in order to place the pressure towards the headstock/tailstock instead of perpendicular into the wood. It is also important in slicing end grain such as a pummel.

I have several good links to videos if you want me to post them.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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3285jeff

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 01:51 PM

Yes that would nice;;;normally I buy a lot of tools from amazon but when it comes to skews I’m sure the higher priced ones are better;;;actually I was looking at the wide alan lacer type;;

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 03:55 PM

... actually I was looking at the wide alan lacer type

I have a set of the Lacer skews (made by Hamlet in the UK).

I don’t think you can find a better set of skews, but you do need to learn how to sharpen them. Here is a link to Alan’s sharpening instructions: http://woodturninglearn.net/handouts/sharpening_of_the_lacer_skews.html

-- 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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LeeMills

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#5 posted 05-20-2015 04:48 PM



Yes that would nice;;;normally I buy a lot of tools from amazon but when it comes to skews I m sure the higher priced ones are better;;;actually I was looking at the wide alan lacer type;;

Bill gave a link to Packard in his post above.
They carry the Lacer skews and the 1-3/8 is $124.95
The Packard brand (with rolled edges) is made by Hamlet in the UK also. The Packard 1-1/4 is $75.50. They did not state the thickness but IIRC it is 5/16 where the Lacer is 6/16.

Here are some links to various skew videos.
Richard Raffan the first half is on the skew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOvF5f1phhY
By Brenden Stemp in two parts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMIwqFDMIhA
Allan Batty – Long, about an hour but very clear.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfeLAHQSbqk#t=15
Stuart Batty (Allan’s son) on Stance Part1 is spindle but not all skew. Still very important.
https://vimeo.com/woodturning/videos/page:1/sort:alphabetical/format:thumbnail

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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