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#1 posted 09-23-2020 02:01 AM

To all that replied, thank you, all good advice and aspects of turning I didn t know about or think of. I shall begin the process of incorporating all suggestions to improve my results, I hope.

- Oldtool

If possible cut a small piece of scrap, chuck it up and spin it down. See how it reacts when it is smaller. Pay close attention to settings on height of tool rest. One of those pictures reminds me of the first time I turned a scrap piece of acrylic. Found that I had too loose a grip on the tool and it was kicking back some causing chatter. Put the GI Joe kung fu grip on the tool and held it good and steady but not a deep cut.

Some may offer carbide bits as a solution. They do keep a sharp edge and do cut better. BUT nothing makes up for technique. I can turn two pieces for you, one with carbide tip tools, the other with HSS and you won’t know the difference.

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