I did a small intro to my lathe, so I thought I’d do an intro to the tools I use also! As the wood spins, the tools shave off wood to make different shapes.
The Skew Chisel
The skew chisel is the most dangerous tool, but it gives the best cut. It can ruin your piece if you’re not careful. It has a tendency to dig into the wood and send it flying off the machine, most of the time straight at me!
On the plus side, this thing is awesome!
You can do an entire project with just this one tool. It cuts the smoothest of any other tool, which means I have to do minimal sanding afterwards. I can start with 200 to 300 grit sandpaper. I’ve really gotten the hang of this tool, and haven’t had a catch in a long time.
The Spindle Gouge
This tool is good at making beads and coves. It’s also good at hollowing boxes out. It can do a lot of other things, but that’s mainly what I use it for. If sharpened correctly this can provide a very nice cut also. I’m not as used to this tool, so I usually sand with 180 after using it.
The Bowl Gouge
This one is mainly for doing bowls. It has a very thick metal rod that goes far down into the handle, which absorbs the beating of making a bowl. There are other uses, but that is its main one.
The Roughing Gouge
This tool is used to rough the pieces round. If I have a square piece of wood or a raw branch I use this tool to rough it down to a cylinder. This is much quicker than trying to get it down with any other tool, because of the large amount of wood you can take off at one time. It’s a bulk remover. It saves me a lot of time! Plus it’s awful fun to see those shavings fly!
That is just four of my tools. I have many more, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you guys!
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Also been busy posting stuff on Etsy! Whew. Starting a business is hard work!