Wed, Dec 20, 2006, 11:18pm (EST+16) email@example.com
(Chilla) doth sayeth:
<snip> The thing I wasn't used to was my arms feeling like the bottom of
an animal cage <snip> A pallet knife, well in Australia its sort of a
spatula used for painting. <snip> I was going to cast a ferrule, but
think I'll just make a nice bolster, and hold the lot together with a
A long sleeved shirt will take care of the arms, with the cuffs
buttoned, or course. Personally doesn't bother me.
Ah, first thought in my mind was a knife for doing something
pertaining to wooden pallets. But now I recall what they are. I use 12
gauge shotgun shell brass.
When I got my lathe I got the cheapest set of tools I could find.
Five or six tools for about $10-12 U.S. Figured I'd learn sharpening on
the el cheapo tools, so's not to ruin any good tools. Then chunked a
piece of scrap wood in the lathe and had at it. I'm not great, but even
so have turned some fair pieces. Loads of fun. I'd say just use cheap
wood and practice. I've got a little belt sander I sharpen the tools
on. They're actually fairly decent quality, but do need sharpening
oftener than the more expensive tools. I figured I'd probably use them
for 6-12 months, then they'd be so worn down from sharpening I'd have to
get a better set. Well, I'm still using them. Hey, they're paid for,
they work. Eventually, if other plans come to be, I'll make some lathe
tools myself to replace these. Until then I'll keep using them.
I use the belt sander for sharpening because it's fast, and I don't
think lathe chisels need precise angles, from being sharpened with a
jig, because you continually are changing the angle of cutting. It's a
case of close enough is good enough. Tools like planes, I do think that
using a jig to get precise angles IS the best way. Chisels, no. Not
saying you should do it that way, just that's the way I do it, and it
works for me.
Far a books go, I'd say check your local library first. I never
like to buy a book until I've thumbed thru it first, so I know excatly
what it has - too many books only have maybe one little bit of interest
to me, and often nothing. I do have a lot of woodworking books, but
nothing specifically on turning. Most of my books,, were bought in used
boostores, which I highly recommend as a source of books. Now I tend to
buy used books on-lines, much better selection. I've bought some books
off of eBay, because they weren't available anywhere else, just be sure
to check shipping costs before bidding, because some of these sellers
will really put it to you on shipping. I just read some articles, then
started practicing turning, and sharpening. Worked for me.
Chubby had not demanded much out of life, and had got it.