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Old 12-05-2018, 08:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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....from Amazon. 3 of them for $14.66.

https://www.amazon.com/XMHF-Square-C...rds=hss+blanks

Let us know how they turn out!
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The Bedan takes a lot of practice if going to use it for more than a parting tool. Tool rest height very important for tool control when using as a skew or attempting to turn beads. Using as a skew about same height has normal skew whether oval or conventional. I raise my tool rest little higher when cutting beads, and make a few adjustments so maintain control.

Takes lot of practice and lots of scrap wood to master but well worth the effort.
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Timely, if I may say so. We are getting an Amazon order together. Will add this. Get dowel rod for handle and some copper tubing for the neck. Did you grind the angle on a low speed grinder? Have both- fast and slow. Slow best for heat buildup.
Videos were good as far as the demo but two had sound that left a bit to be desired.
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Note that with the bedan, the small area right under your cutting corner becomes your “bevel” when making a cut. The bedan can also be used with the ground bevel up or down. ( English v/s French....or vice/versa) It depends what you are comfortable with for the cuts you are making.
In the egg video, I notice the turner only turns right handed and comes around the headstock, reaches over to make some cuts which would be much safer and more easily done if he were to switch to his left hand.
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Charlie, thanks. I know some turners who I feel can give me the angles needed for an efficient cut.
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[QUOTEDid you grind the angle on a low speed grinder? Have both- fast and slow. [/quote]

I have a Ricon Slow Speed Grinder with CBN wheels; I did the first cut on the 80 grit and finished it with the 360 grit. It went well.
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You will see bevel up or down all depends upon what a turner is trying to do! I have tried bevel down and that works too but prefer bevel up.

Jean Francois videos pretty much demonstrates tool bevel up, holding & tool control and tool rest height in his videos.

Normally not big fan of making my own turning tools but Warren’s 5/16” Bedan as good as anything you can buy today. My My 3/8” Bedan is made by Sorby and bought in late 1990’s and didn’t pay what they are asking for one now.

Thought would like a 1/2” Bedan could only find one made by Glaser/Hitech and cost $155 + shipping. At that price don’t need a 1/2” exotic steel Bedan. M2 HSS is all you need, because until get proficient with it not a tool will use everyday. Once get proficient with a Bedan will replace your skews!
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Doug Thompson sells a 3/8” square Bedan. It is on his website for $70. This is his 10V Steel
You can either use an existing handle, order one from Doug or make your own.
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