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Project by Stephen Mines posted 02-27-2011 01:25 AM 1996 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few minutes ago I viewed Glen Petersons Turning Tool Cabinet and his wonderful collection of chisels. I was impressed enough to drool a little and then I said I’d run out to the shop and take a picture of mine and post it. I’ve never built a dedicated Turning Tool Cabinet, but years ago I built a sturdy oak box/crate to send a lathe art ‘magic’ wand off to be shown in a traveling exhibit (Curator’s Focus, Turning In Context…my piece was called The Silver Sceptre, which I’ll post as a project here as soon as the 35mm slides are converted to digital). The box held an egg-carton-foam lined gun case that held the magic wand. Two years later, when the show ended, it was shipped back to me in Los Angeles…and I delivered it to the L.A. collector (Irving Lipton) that had bought it at the end of the show. Irving didn’t want or need either of the two cases so they were given back to me, perhaps for future shipping use, he said. Well, the wooden suitcase-like part of the case just happened to be the right size to hold my caliper tools AND my lathe chisels, and it’s been doing it ever since. If anyone is curious enough to look really close, you’ll notice that the lathe chisels (the long ones) are all pretty old soft steel (except for a Sorby 1/2” gouge). I’ve always preferred plain steel over M2 or other hi-tech alloys. Sure, I have to sharpen them ALL the time but the edges are keener (at least seems so to me) and I enjoy the down-time from turning and I enjoy sharpening= win/win for me. These tools are kinda like Little Boy Blue in the poem…they don’t get used very often. Primary reason is that I sorta wore out my hands over the years of turning wood. As my hands got shyer of holding chisels, my brain compensated by automating most of the turning procedures by adding smarts to the lathes I have. Again, win/win!

-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 03:04 AM

Hi Stephen,
Thanks for the kind words and for sharing. We need more turning projects around here. The cabinet’s nice, but I really like the spirals. Judging by the face plates, your doing some substantial pieces. I’d love to here more about the automation. Cheers,

-- Glen

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 03:42 AM

Hey Stephen, you have made some marvelous turnings. I too would be very interested in seeing more of your work, especially your lathe. It looks like a monster if that’s the end of it in the picture. I looks like you’ve made many interesting pieces. Thanks for showing what you have.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 03:20 PM

Tools for the professional. Like you.
They’d just take up space for me.
Cool tools and spirals…..........interesting to see…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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