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Modern Tool Set


I like many turners, started out by purchasing a set of tools from a well known manufacturer. Then while attending classes, demos and symposiums, I learned that I did not need most of the tools in the set. Modern turners have moved on beyond the scrapers and spindle turing tools featured in the old fashion sets still sold by many well known manufactures.

Here are MY suggestions for a modern set of tools for new turners.

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Custom Handles


Make your own from PVC Pipe and Heat Shrinkable Fabric.

I have found most commercially available tool handles uncomfortable to use for a variety of reasons.

So I found a way to make adjustable handles that are just the right diameter for my grip, the right level of softness, and the right weight and length for my tastes.

You can make customized tool handles at a fraction of the cost out of PVC pipe, craft foam, heat-shrinkable cloth, and a few other easily attainable supplies.

Read More: See my "Custom Tool Handles" magazine article on page 41 of "American Woodturner, The Journal of the American Association of Woodturners, April 2015, Vol. 30, No. 2". Or Click Here (PDF)


Custom Centering Cones


Turn your own from UHMW polyethylene.

The aluminum cones packaged with the Oneway revolving (live) center are valuable for many turning projects. But two or three shapes aren't versatile enough to fit all projects.

Fortunately, you can easily make your own cones because the threads on the Oneway rotating cup center are standard 3/4"x10 tpi. Jet now markets a similar device.

I like to turn my own cones from ultar-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene rather than hardword blanks.

The properties of UHMW are ideal for cones. UHMW is dimensionally stable, will not split, is a little slippery, not too hard, and not too soft. It turns easily with a bowl gouge.

Read More: See my "Custom Centering Cones" magazine article on page 49 of "American Woodturner, The Journal of the American Association of Woodturners, Winter 2007, Vol. 22, No. 4". Or Click Here (PDF)


A Great Little Lathe

The TCLPROVS mini lathe from Penn State Industries is a great little lathe for around $255.

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Vacuum Chucks

What are they? What are they good for? What do I need to set up my own Vacuum Chuck System? How can I keep the cost down?

For more information see my demo handouts for "Vaccum Chucks".   Goto Vaccum Chucks Demo


Small Hollowing Tools

See my demo handouts for "Small Hollow Forms and Vases".     Goto Small Hollows Forms and Vases Demo


Tool Sharpening Templates

Templates that allow you to easily set up your grinder to sharpen turning tools.

Templates (PDF)

The templates really only work correctly with an 8 inch grinder!

If you have a 6 inch grinder then sell it and buy an 8 inch grinder. I recommend a variable speed 8 inch grinder. Many experienced turners only use the high speed. Beginners like the low speed. Variable speed is the best of both worlds.

Note: The Sharpening Templates use to be part of my "Natural Edge Bowls" and "The Detail Gouge" class handouts. They were moved to their own file on 2/22/2012.