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    Round-Point Tool

    Has anyone here used one...have one?

    I was re-watching a Woodworks episode I have recorded and David Marks was turning a Sycamore bowl with an Ebony rim. A couple of times, he used what he called a round-point tool which looked like a round gouge with a tri-faceted point...ie, the point had three distinct flats on it.

    I didn't really see him do anything with it that I can't do with other tools, but I was just curious if anyone else had used one. I don't recall ever hearing the term or seeing it in any of the catalogs or tool sites.
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    Cody,

    I've neither used nor have one, but I did happen to see one for sale at Woodcraft here in Austin. I was there on Saturday and just happened to notice it. I looked at it for a couple of minutes as I'd seen both David Marks and another turner on TV whose name escapes me use one in their episodes. Wish I could shed some light on usage, but at least you might find one at your local Woodcraft in case you are interested.
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    I've not used one, but it looks like they have them at Packard's and Craft Supplies.
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    Cody, Here is a link that shows how to make one too...I've not used one either, but it looks like it's similar to a round skew??

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    That might be what some call a pyramid tool. Seem to be popular with those who use them. Looks easy enough to make.

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    I use mine all the time, it works well at what it is meant to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody Colston View Post
    Has anyone here used one...have one?

    I was re-watching a Woodworks episode I have recorded and David Marks was turning a Sycamore bowl with an Ebony rim. A couple of times, he used what he called a round-point tool which looked like a round gouge with a tri-faceted point...ie, the point had three distinct flats on it.

    I didn't really see him do anything with it that I can't do with other tools, but I was just curious if anyone else had used one. I don't recall ever hearing the term or seeing it in any of the catalogs or tool sites.
    Cody, I made one out of a piece of steel I had laying around... mine isn't as precise and pretty as some I've seen... I saw one on a video and decided I could make it rather than buy one.. I use it as a clean up tool more than anything else, when I need to get into a tight or close place.. the video I saw, I think he used it doing some boxes or something relatively small. It's handy and with a grinder you can make your own, but I wouldn't necessarily think it to be indespensible either.
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    I'm glad you brought this up. I noticed that tool on the same episode and always had the same question. Just this morning I noticed on Doug Thompson's site that he sells a blank for making one.

    Was gonna buy one of his u shaped gouges but he has been sold out for a long time now.

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    Love the Pyramid tool

    I have a 1/2" pyramid point tool and love it. I still struggle with the skew and have used the pyramid point tool to round christmas ornaments. I sharpen with a little $6 diamond hone and it works well. I made a bunch of bottle stoppers and found it to be very helpful.

    http://www.woodturner.org/resources/...point_tool.wmv is a link to a video on the AAW site that you can watch to see it in action.

    I hope to have time after the holidays to do some serious skew practice but have to many things I want to make in the meantime to spend time practicing.

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    i have a henry taylor. i like it, just watched the video, and remembered how much i liked it.

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