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B - How I would outfit a basic turning shop
Sep 18th, 2007 at 12:13pm
 
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Morning all,

Still to early here to be out on the golf course, so thought I would post up something that I think will help new turners get into this game with out spending a fortune on unneeded tools right off the start.

IMHO, probably the most important thing you can invest in for the turning shop is some kind of sharpening jig, be it the Elsworth, Wolverine, or any of the homebrew models.  Couple that with either a slow speed grinder, or high speed grinder and your tool edges will be sharp, and repeatable in just seconds.

A luxury item in the turning shop would be a Bandsaw.  If you dont have one, an electric chainsaw, old style buck saw, hatchet or anything that can whittle down a piece of wood from square to semi-round is acceptable.

Another what I deem  luxury items are inside and outside toolrests for bowls.  While not a neccessity these will make your turning so much more enjoyable.

As long as I am talking about luxury items lets cover Scroll Chucks.  There are many options in this category.  From the Grizzly chucks, (which have recieved positive reviews) The Nova Family of chucks, The Oneway family, The Axeminster chucks, and the Vicmarks.  All of these are very good products.  Plan on spending Anywhere from $150-350 for one of these with a set or two of jaws.

And now down to the brass tacks part:  Tooling

I have seen many suggest a set of tools, but have also read that buying a set leaves you with tools that you will not use.  So sticking with the latter, here is what "I" think should be a basic set of lathe tools.

A 3/8" and or 1/2" bowl gouge ground in an Elsworth grind.
A 1/4" or 3/8" detail or spindle gouge.
A 3/4" Flat skew, radiused on the bottom edge, ground Allan Lacer style.
A Diamond shaped parting tool.
A 3/8" thick, either radiused or flat scraper  (IMHO, radiused takes preference here)  1" or 1 1/4" wide.

Almost forgot about finishing the pieces we have so diligently been producing here.  Sand Paper.  Starting at around 60 or 80 grit, and going to at least 400 grit.  This will allow you to achieve an acceptable finish on most pieces.  I like power sanding using my 1/2" drill.  And as such, have a 2" and 3" sanding pads.  With the appropriate grits for each.

I believe with this basic set of tooling, you will be able to achieve about 90% of your turning needs.  Going into semi open forms, hollow forms and the like is another completely different animal in its own respect.  And opens up yet another deep pit into which you will be able to drop a lot of your hard earned cash.

I encourage all of you to add to this list.  When the thread has pretty much wound down, we can compile it into a short essay on the basics and maybe point some of our beginning turners to it.

Thanks for listening to me ramble on.

Roger
South of Chicago


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Re: B - How I would outfit a basic turning shop
Reply #1 - Sep 18th, 2007 at 7:10pm
 
Fifty years on into woodworking, I wish that earlier I'd understood the hazards of dust.  Now, even a few circular saw cuts outdoors sets off a next-morning coughing attack.  I'm hoping a Trend setup plus a first-rate chip/dust collection system (Clear Vue?) will allow me to continue to enjoy woodworking, and to get back into turning. 

So, my Basic Shop outfitting starts with Dust/Chip control.

Don
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