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Old tools?

Postby Joshhayes98 » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:55 pm

I'm a 17 year old who is a keen hand carver and is looking to get into traditional wood turning.

I'm currently building a pole lathe as its something I've been interested in for a while.

Just wondering if anyone has any old gouges and chisels suitable for a pole lathe that they would be willing to sell to me?

Thanks :)
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Re: Old tools?

Postby gavin » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:50 pm

I strongly suggest you get yourself the starter set from Ashley Iles.
Refer http://www.woodlandcraftsupplies.co.uk
for this item: Ashley Iles Pole Lathe Set with 2" Flat Chisel £91.95

I have no affiliation with Matt Robinson, but find his prices keen and him thoroughly reliable and so easy to deal with.

Now you just may get these 4 essential tools for turning 2nd hand. But they will need fettling, & very likely re-grinding to the desired primary bevel angle of 25° and the backs of some will be rusted and in need of regrinding & much lapping.

In addition you will need a froe and some sort of saw. Have you found green woodworkers local to you? Try out their tools, & take their advice. Remember, cheap tools are expensive and will likely cause you to give up.

Out of the box any tools will need sharpening. And after use, they will need sharpening. So do learn this art. It is easy enough but can be confusing. BTW: Sean Hellman runs his excellent sharpening course at Bodgers Ball 2016 at Tyntesfield. If you are going to BB 2016, consider booking up for that or Peter Wood's pole lathe one-day course - refer imminent Bodger Gazette for more info, or http://www.bodgersball.org.uk/2016/courses.html . We are still working on the on-line booking on this link, so be patient!
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Re: Old tools?

Postby Joshhayes98 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:04 am


I'll take a look at the set, and I've been hand carving for a long while now so I have the other tools.

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