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Ed Weber
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Old School or New School?
Apr 9th, 2018 at 9:03am
 
Many new tools and technologies have been seeping into woodworking over the last several years. Some are welcomed and so are not. Many times this division falls along generational lines (how old you are) but not always. Sometimes it's the price of it, you might buy it if it didn't cost so much. There are many reason why and/or when technology or advancements in general enter our lives. Woodturning tools are no exception. Many of these tools have been well received and some are destined to collect dust.
So here are a few examples of what I mean. Do you like the new replaceable tip tools or do you prefer traditional tools that require sharpening? Do you like a "quick-change" jaws or do you favor screws? Do you prefer wooden handled tools or prefer a interchangeable metal handle?

I love my CBN wheels, I think they are a great advancement. I also prefer wooden handled tools.

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Do you prefer the older, the newer or a combination of the two
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Reply #1 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 9:56am
 
I think that as i am into this world at a late date in my life, My  view is scewed (...and I HATE scewes!!!)more to whatever makes it work for me.  I really have no preference one way or another to new or old technology.
...well, except that i got rid of an old Grizzley lathe as soon as i turned on a Robust at David Ellsworth's class!!
Couldn't afford it so I got a PM.


As soon as i read about the CBN wheels, I switched out the stone ones  and never looked back.

I use both "regular" tools as well as  the replacable tips ones, have handles that came with the tool, have the interchangeable metal ones and have made some of my own handles to set Cindy Drozda's tool inserts and tools.

Whatever works. My plans for either this year or next is to get one of those setups for monitor/laser guiding the tool  tip for wall thickness. I'm a (edited out) for this stuff!! Smiley Smiley Smiley

A plus for me is that I do not have a wife nor have kids to waste my money so I can afford these  toys! Grin Grin
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Reply #2 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 10:43am
 
For me it's cost. I learned long ago to buy the best tool for the job that I can justify. To justify, means how many times will I use it? Over and over= more $$. Only once=less $. I bought a lathe to turn things so I make my own handles. Can't justify buying handles I can make.  I am getting into stabilizing wood. So this weekend, I explained to my wife why I can buy a toaster over for the shop. Looked around and got the largest for $$ I could justify. (Walmart, $40, 6 slice, Black & Decker). I will be using it quite a lot.

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Reply #3 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 2:22pm
 
Can't even remember what word i used that would get edited out!! Roll Eyes
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Reply #4 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 2:59pm
 
Combination of the two for me - I like the modern steel in Thompson tools and sharpen them on a CBN wheel but I put wooden handles on them. I can't get excited about the modular handles although I confess I have never turned with one. I have never owned a carbide tool but am beginning to consider a Hunter tool (or two) for hollowing.
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Reply #5 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 7:05pm
 
Best tool for the job, probably why my carbide tools have begun operating as dust collectors on the back rack. To me the “smarter” the tool gets the more issues can arise.
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Reply #6 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 7:24pm
 
You guys didn't have to answer about handles, that was just an example  Cheesy

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Reply #7 - Apr 10th, 2018 at 11:33am
 
I'm pretty much in line with Ralph, whatever works best, for me.

Learned to turn in the late 60's and all we had were carbon steel tools. After a 40 yr hiatus, when I got back into it, I tried a little bit of everything and now I use a little bit of everything.
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Reply #8 - Apr 10th, 2018 at 5:13pm
 
It seems to me that when new tools are introduced, they're,  more often than not, biased towards making something easier or simpler, so they have had the design balance changed towards whatever that something is...  Keeping this in mind, I have to put myself in the "Used what works" camp. I have tools that are good all-arounders and I have some that are not good for much of anything... except for that ONE THING. 

As for tool handles, the biggest disappointment for me thus far has been the oneway interchangeable handle I bought a couple of years ago. The tool rotates in the plastic sheathing making it next to impossible to keep the hollowing tool for which it was purchased in the right orientation for hollowing.
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Reply #9 - Apr 12th, 2018 at 7:06pm
 
Interesting question.  Probably a mix.  Mostly old school, especially when it comes to electronics.  I do woodworking to get away from the computer but it is nice to have so much information at my fingertips when learning or preparing to do something new.  I don't want the electronics in the shop though.
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Reply #10 - Apr 15th, 2018 at 7:54am
 
Ralph, made the Alan  Zenreich camera setup with a cctv camera and a 7" monitor. Cost was under 30 bucks if I remember. I don't use it because I don't hollow deep forms yet. Built it to see how it works -- great! I might start using it though, because my bowl depth perception could use improvement! My "O" ring dowel setup works, but not good enough.

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