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    Turner chisels/tools

    Now don't start giggling and snickering, but I bought one of the Palmgren 15" lathes that were on sale at Amazon. It looks to be a well made piece of iron. I also bought a OneWay Talon chuck for it from Hartville Tool, also on sale.
    I learned that the Palmgren is the same lathe that carries the Craftsman label at Sears. With that in mind, I ordered the metal stand for the Craftsman lathe. (If it doesn't work out, I can take it back.)

    So now the questions:

    What is the best popular brand of chisels/tools. I noticed that one company carries Sorby and Crown, but the Sorby is twice the price of the Crown.

    Second, what comprises a basic set of lathe tools? Hartville has a set of 8 Sorby tools on sale for 20% off.

    I consider this lathe to be just another tool in the shop, and I plan to continue to work on my flat stock skills.

    As one TV new analyst says, What Say You?

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    Loaded question:

    Spindle turning-
    - 3/4" roughing gouge
    - spindle gouge
    - parting tool
    - skew chisel

    Bowl turning -
    - 1/4" bowl gouge
    - 1/2" bowl gouge
    - round now scraper.

    I think the Sorby tools are great tools for the cost. Sorby sells a set of six which I think is the perfect beginner set. I have a couple of crowns also and have no problem with them either.
    Jim

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    We are all over the map. I have 23 or more of 100+ year old Buck that are great. My wife has a rather large mix of vintage Swan, new Sorby, Crown and Crown powder coated, P&N and a couple other brands which escape me. My oldest has a set of the Pinnacle sold by Woodcraft which other than needing sharpening a bit more than the Sorby, are just fine and he does nice work.

    My feeling is Jim's list is good. Get a small basic set and then purchase individuals based upon what you need to accomplish.

    Take care, Mike
    Wenzloff & Sons Sawmakers

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    Thanks

    Mike and Jim, thanks for the information. Since you both recommend the Sorby tools, I went ahead and ordered a set from Hartville Tool before their sale ended.

    Thanks again.

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    Don't overlook garage sales. Some of my most used tools (1 1/4" skew, 1 1/2" roughing gouge, others) were picked up for $5.00 each and others.

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    I started out with the basic Harbor freight set. There part number ITEM 47066-3VGA Attachment 2973 They're high speed steal and a great way to learn you sharpening skills. Not all stores carry this set. So be careful,. You can however order it online from HF and for $40 it a bargan. Since then I have added some pinnacle bowl gouges 1/4" and 1/2" and a sorbey Hollow Master. I'll probubly add a large bowl scraper next.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Some of the el-cheapos are actually pretty good tools. My very first was (still is) a set of five no-names for $20.00 and I get as much use between sharpenings as I do from other highly reputed brands. However, make that HOWEVER some cheapies can be actually dangerous to use. I have seen sets where the tang was only about 1" long and could break out of the handle easily.

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    Thanks for the ideas, Gents. With the basic Sorby set I will have enough variety to get myself in trouble.

    One other question for you learned people. I picked up a piece of dead branch off a Big cottonwood tree. The chunk is almost 12" in diameter and 30" long. It is solid and appears to be pretty well dried out. Is it worth anything in the world of spinny things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Garlock View Post
    Thanks for the ideas, Gents. With the basic Sorby set I will have enough variety to get myself in trouble.

    One other question for you learned people. I picked up a piece of dead branch off a Big cottonwood tree. The chunk is almost 12" in diameter and 30" long. It is solid and appears to be pretty well dried out. Is it worth anything in the world of spinny things?
    NOPE I wouldn't evebn bother trying to turn it, just cut it up so that it'll fit into flat rate boxes and send it on to me..
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Garlock View Post
    Is it worth anything in the world of spinny things?
    I'm learning that just about anything can and will be turned on a lathe. Even saw a pine cone turned. Who'd a thunk that??
    Jim

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