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Posted on Going down the wood turning rabbit hole

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#1 posted 06-14-2019 05:41 AM

Congratulations on the new lathe! The single most important thing for successful turning is the ability to easily sharpen your tools correctly. I’m not a big fan of carbide tools but that may be the cheapest way to get started since you can easily sharpen them with a diamond stone. The drawback will be that you will have to do a lot more sanding since they can’t come close to the clean cut from hss. I’ve been turning for 30 years and I’ve tried about every type of tool on the market. My experience has shown me the best path is to never buy any cheap tools, I promise you will regret it once you finally get around to buying a good one. I would encourage you to not buy anything below M42 HSS. My favorite is the Crowm Pro-PM it’s several light years ahead of the old M2 HSS (1940’s tech). The increase in quality is much larger than the increase in price. The increase in performance is really hard to believe.

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