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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 09-19-2019 04:44 PM 300 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2019 04:44 PM

I have been thinking about investing in a sphere cutting jig…the one by chefware kits or carters jig..can anyone tell me which is the better of the two and which one is the easiest to set up…I know carter is way more expensive than the chefware jig…any info would help…

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#1 posted 09-20-2019 01:19 AM

I have been thinking the same thing … I’ll be watching for any responses.

FWIW, I have the Chefware Kits threading jig (which can be adapted to do spheres) and it is very good.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 09-20-2019 12:11 PM

My take on any of these jig is they will certainly shorten the learning cure of turning a sphere. You will still need start out with turning tools whether conventional or carbide. Those cuppy things Carter sell can be made of wood to fit on head & tail stock they are also nice to have. If going to turn lot of spheres Vermec on of the best but if on a budget get the EZ-Sphere jig even if only turn sphere occasionally. Trust me may or may not waste lot of wood even with a jig starting out but once you get jig dialed in will become a wiz!

Vermec Sphere jig one of the best out there using carbide cutter. See video below.

Carter very similar more expensive:

Cannot beat the price. Think there is a guy on E-Bay selling them little cheaper but not sure about shipping.

This jig similar to David Springett jig made many years ago.

No jig

My first sphere jig was modified hole saw plumbers use, grinding off the
teeth, screwing it on wood turned handle per instructions in book by Ray Hopper (Multi Center Woodturning). Not very successful. Second one from book by David Springett’s book Adventures in Woodturning made almost wood with exception of 3/8” carbon steel scraper. Which worked pretty good is turned a semi bead first. David eventually made one out of steel with 1/4” HSS cutter. Cannot find it on the internet anymore.
My first sphere turned without a jig ended up a dog toy pictured above. Not sure why didn’t get much joy from my homemade jigs sent lot of wood to firewood pile! Your experience might be better than mine.

-- Bill

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