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#1 posted 02-14-2017 01:29 PM

If you want to try carbide make your own tools, provided you have general shop experience. I have some listed in my projects, and under reviews are Capn Eddies inserts. I dont recommend carbide – hss is much sharper and works better once you learn how to sharpen and use tools.

For sharpening a 6” grinder can work, but the thinner wheels are a challenge. The WEN 8” would be my choice. Problem with belt sander is having the right belt on when needed – for sanding or sharpening, and you will need to rig up a way to use a jig.

I can verify the red handled HF tools are good for spindle use (the scrapers are a bit thin), I still use the spindle gouges and skews. Take a look at Benjamins Best tools – a bit more $ vs HF but worth it. Set of spindle gouges, 1” skew, diamond parting tool, set of bowl gouges if you plan to make any, and their ultimate scraping tool is pretty good after you grind/sharpen the hss inserts.

Next is work holding. PSI has good drive and live centers, as well as Barracuda scroll chucks. A spindle tap and glue blocks can be used vs a chuck.

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