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Thread: Woodturning Set

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri

    Woodturning Set

    Well, I don't venture into the vortex much, but want to get started doing a few small projects. I've got a couple of good knives but need to expand my pallette. A friend gave me a $10 coupon for Woodcraft this week and was considering the set below. Anyone use these before? And are they worth the money for a startup set?

    Also saw this on their site, though it would make some cool gifts:

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Hi Darren

    You might want to look at these as well. I bought a set from these guys and was originally worried they were junk when I saw the price. But they turned out to be fine. I cannot remember which set it was though.

    I dont recall them having such a huge selection when I was in the market. But they look at lot cheaper than Woodcraft. Watch the coupon issue though. Just because you have $10 bucks off dont make it worth it.
    Best of luck I hope someone with more experience chimes in here.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Darren, I don't have them, but I know many people that bought the red handle set from Harbor Frieght and said they are great. I think they are around $45 or so. It doesn't come with a bowl gouge though.

    I have read many people reccommend to people to buy a cheaper "set" learn to sharpen on it and what are the chisels become your "go to" ones and then buy the higher end models of those only.

    Having said that, I use my homemade Oland tools for almost everything I do. I do use a spindle gouge and a round nose scraper sometimes as well.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Not a bad deal. But do consider Rob's suggestion about the PSI tools. That Woodcraft set has a couple you probably wouldn't be using for a while. I think the PSI offerings are a better deal. Use the gift cert. for something else.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Tacoma, WA

    Travel Mug Kit

    I haven't done one yet, but think it would be fun.

    I just had our club meeting last night with Jack Mcdaniels and his demo was the travel mug in question and he loves it.

    He informed us of a cheaper way to get the kits though. Go to Home Depot and get the 2 pack of stainless travel mugs that are on sale for $5.95 a pair.

    You can pop the bottom off, then cut up the outside lengthwise with metal shears and pop the body away from the upper rim. And you now have a travel mug kit for $3!!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Krum Texas
    I have a friend who has the Woodcraft set. I have used some of them several times and I showed him how to sharpen them. They seem to be good tools. My first set was the HF red handles. I still use a couple of them today. They are also a good choice.

    As far as the travel mugs keith pointed you in a good direction. Also you can get mugs at wal mart with a plastic cover that screws off. The threads will be attached to the steel liner but a little heat and they slide right off. The wal mart mugs are a little taller than the woodcraft mugs making hollowing a little hard but they make a nice mug.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    That's not a bad set. To *me*, those are high end tools!

    But don't buy them until you use that gift card to buy a sharpening jig (like a wolverine, or something similar). Until you have at least that, you're likely to just mess up any tools you get. For my first set, I took everyone's advice and got the HF set. They were perfectly fine, because this was my sharpening strategy:

    Didn't take me long to trash them, and when I finally got good ones, they felt pretty inadequate. If you have a good sharpening jig, it's worth skipping that step and buying the set you linked...



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Darren I bought this set and added for $15.50 a 3/8" bowl gouge. I bought them 3 yrs. ago when I started turning and still use them. They may be cheap but are good tools. IMHO you can't go wrong.
    Bernie W.

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    Make sure what ever you do that the cup liners you choose are stainless the plastic liners I have heard caution about the plastic esters coming out of the plastic when subject to hot liquid & you don't want to ingest the esters because they are bad for you. The plastic lid isn't quite so bad because the hot liquid isn't in contact with it all the time. Same thing goes for microwaving food in plastic use glass or something like Corningware.

    Also I don't know about the rest of you but I like the wide bottomed narrow topped mugs for travel. Would a wood like teak & wiping it down with an oil be a better choice than some other finish? Also is there some way to make the liners removable for washing?
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Alexandria, Virginia
    There is some back and forth on buying sets vs. individual tools. I'm of the school that says buy the best money can buy, carefully sharpen them and take care of them. One doesn't have to buy several tools at a time, but I do feel there is a difference between good enough and great. That being said, the day job allows for "price is no object", but better tools last longer between sharpening, hold a better edge, are better balanced, and have a higher quality of "fit and finish".

    But, in the real world, trade-offs are a fact of life. The Penn State sets are very good and will give years of service. BTW, Woodcraft has their 8" slow speed grinder on sale and it comes with 120 grit and 60 grit white aluminum oxide grinding wheels. $80.
    Last edited by Frank Townend; 11-21-2008 at 06:20 PM. Reason: Grammar

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