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#1 posted 09-13-2016 06:46 PM

Good advise here from the dane. I was taught to use gouges first, and still prefer them over carbide, however I am using carbide more often lately. Primarily to hollow out bowls and such.
Also buy quality tools. Traditional tools, I prefer Thompson tools, and all my carbide use the Mike Hunter carbide cutters. There a several tool makers that use the Hunter cutter.
As for sharpening. You can use a diamond stone to sharpen carbide. James Barry has you tube videos showing how.
And I use CBN myself for HSS, but a friend just bought a tormek grinder. All personal preference really.

Carl Jacobson recently did a video on this …

I personally prefer HSS tools … I get cleaner cuts with them. I do use carbides for some situations, mostly roughing out bowls and hollowing vessels.

- TheDane

-- John

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