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#1 posted 02-14-2017 06:42 PM

I have both HSS tools and carbide tools. They do not cut the same way, and they are not used the same way. I do most of my turning with the HSS tools. However, of late I find myself mostly using the carbide when I am turning pens.

I started with a slow speed grinder with white wheels, and then last year I upgraded to CBN wheels. They were pricey, but I love them. I also have the Oneway Vari-Grind jig and the Raptor Set Up Tools. This set up gives me repeatability, which helps a lot in building the muscle memory for using a tool.

The basics for HSS would probably be a roughing gouge, a spindle gouge, a bowl gouge, and a parting tool. A minimum set of carbide tools would probably have a square cutter, a round cutter, maybe a detail cutter, and a parting tool. A full face shield and a dust mask are also pretty much essential items.

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