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Topic tags/keywords: tools bowl turning beginner lathe turning advice

Looking for advise for selecting tools for turning bowls for beginners. Where to buy, what brands are trustworthy etc.

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#1 posted 09-05-2016 01:19 AM

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 04:42 AM

The hurricane bowl guage set Bruyet shared is a great set but they are pretty long so if you have a mini lathe as I do they area a little long. You might look for some with shorter shafts and handles. Benjamin’s Best makes a good one that is relatively inexpensive. Another good tool for beginners are the Rockler carbide tools. They are a little easier to learn to use than the bowl gauges, though they are a little pricey for what you get so look for other brands that might be cheaper.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 09-05-2016 05:15 AM

See if there is a Turners Club in your area that meets regularly, and stop in, they are always eager to help a newbie.

Click on chapters to find one near you.

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