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Old 02-01-2019, 10:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Just checked the chisels, nothing on them other than Disston, USA.
Are there any groups in NJ?
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Just checked the chisels, nothing on them other than Disston, USA.
Are there any groups in NJ?
Must be about 10 of them. Google NJ woodturners clubs. If you want to do yourself a favor and really see what it all about, go to the woodworking show in Seacaucus March1 and meet the turning groups there. About 5 or 6 of them show up. Crafts supply USA use to show up and not sure if they still do. You can get some good show prices on tools so bring money.

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Old 02-01-2019, 11:47 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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Hi folks, I donít know if this is in the library, but whatever search words I used didnít bring up what I wanted. I find this happens in my Corvette forum as well.
A few questions regarding the thread topic:
  1. Is there a Ďfastí way to bring down the size of a blank so Iím not constantly resharpening my tools just to get near the size of the pen I want to make? I have seen some turners on video who use various sanding machinery to rough the shape down to something closer to the final project.
  2. What other methods do people use?
  3. Iíve asked this before, but are the carbide tools worth the cost? I saw a young boy about 12 from Britain on YouTube whoís on his way to be a turning master. He made a bowl of using a ton of hair combs and resin, then turned it with a carbide tool. He was getting some serious material removal with that tool.
Thanks!!
In my humble (but correct opinion), carbide tools are definitely worth it. My fastest way to get a blank to working size is to set the speed medium high and use the corner of a square (2" radius) carbide tool.

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Angle grinder with a sanding disc. Be safe and use a dust extractor. No need to resharpen your tools!
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I sand off the corners with a belt sander. It works great on plastics & wood.
It saves a lot of time too because you don't have to have a lot of big chips smacking you in the face.

As you carbide tools, you can't go wrong with the ones Hanau sells on this forum. His tools are top notch, high quality, and work as well as the nosebleed expensive ones do at a fraction of the costs.
I like them so much, I bought a complete set & sold off my steel tools.
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For me, highest speed and a sharp 1" skew chisel will take a blank to round in just a few seconds.
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I sand off the corners with a belt sander. It works great on plastics & wood.
It saves a lot of time too because you don't have to have a lot of big chips smacking you in the face.

As you carbide tools, you can't go wrong with the ones Hanau sells on this forum. His tools are top notch, high quality, and work as well as the nosebleed expensive ones do at a fraction of the costs.
I like them so much, I bought a complete set & sold off my steel tools.
Herb, where do I find Mr. Hanau?
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I sand off the corners with a belt sander. It works great on plastics & wood.
It saves a lot of time too because you don't have to have a lot of big chips smacking you in the face.

As you carbide tools, you can't go wrong with the ones Hanau sells on this forum. His tools are top notch, high quality, and work as well as the nosebleed expensive ones do at a fraction of the costs.
I like them so much, I bought a complete set & sold off my steel tools.
Herb, where do I find Mr. Hanau?
Carbide woodturning tools
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Herb, where do I find Mr. Hanau?
Here you go my friend.
http://www.penturners.org/forum/member.php?u=3425
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G'day,

I agree with Bryguy, loved by many and hated by some, the Flap Disc System is indeed a good way to remove most of the wood/resin from a pen blank, just follow my suggested instructions and you will surprise yourself.

As for the other questions you made, others have already talked about it.

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