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#1 posted 06-14-2019 12:15 PM

Welcome to the world of turning.

Sharpening – there are many ways to accomplish it, but starting from scratch the most overall effective approach is an 8” slow speed 1750 rpm bench grinder with a Wolverine Varigrind jig set up. Some use bench belt sanders, wet grinders, etc. Highly recommend a jig for gouges tho whatever the grinding method.

Carbide – not a big fan except for hollowing vessels (not bowls). If you have a grinder, drill, tap and die, pretty cheap and easy to make your own. Capn Eddie is a very good source for cutters, bars if you dont want to make them, and how to make them. I think people are better off learning how to use hss. If you need instant gratification use carbide, if you want to learn to turn use hss.

Chisels – I recommend a beginner start with hi value tools like Benjamins Best and Hurricane. You need to learn to sharpen and you need to try different tool sizes, tip shapes, bevel angles, to learn what does what. Do you want to grind up a $100 tool or a $30 tool? Try 3 or 4 gouges sizes for $80 or $300? You get the picture. The hi value tools cut just the same just maybe not as long (hss only, no plain carbon steel). Once you know what you like and use the most buy the $100 tool as you can.

Before recommending specific tools, what do you plan to turn?

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