Turning - Fine Woodworking Tool Guide


Turning falls into two broad categories -- faceplate turning and spindle turning. Each one relies on a special set of tools and techniques.  The Basics: • Faceplate turning: Bowls, vessels, and other round objects. • Spindle turning: From furniture
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  • Turning Gouge PrimerVideo: Turning Gouge Primer

    with Mike Mahoney

    Why are there so many different gouges?

  • Update: Turning-Tool DevelopmentsUpdate: Turning-Tool Developments

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    Production problems ending for Glaser Hitec; Stuart Batty develops innovative new tools

  • Head to Head: Midi-LathesHead to Head: Midi-Lathes

    by Matt Berger

    Light-weight lathes from Rikon and Steel City Tool Works a good size for furniture making

  • Turning Tools RedesignedTurning Tools Redesigned

    by David Heim

    CET Inc. launches innovative CryoSteel turning tools and reissues Jerry Glaser Hitec line

  • Use a Boring Bar for Hollow-Vessel TurningVideo: Use a Boring Bar for Hollow-Vessel Turning

    with Howard Lewin

    Drill an entrance hole, then cut from the center out for a thin-walled vessel

  • Scrapers Refine Turned SurfacesScrapers Refine Turned Surfaces

    by Richard Raffan

    If used properly in wood turning, a scraper will limit the amount of sanding required. In this article Richard Raffan shares his tips for using scrapers to smooth ...

  • Skew-Chisel BasicsSkew-Chisel Basics

    by Richard Raffan

    Professional turner Richard Raffan explores the essentials of turning wood with a skew chisel. He explains how to grind and sharpen the tool, and offers lessons ...

  • Gouges for the LatheGouges for the Lathe

    by Ernie Conover

    Ernie Conover has noticed that anyone who learns how to handle a gouge with aplomb will be far along the road to mastering turning itself. There are three types ...

  • Toggle ClampsToggle Clamps

    by Ed Hoffman

    Toggle clamps exert exceptional holding force, have a positive locking action, and are fast and easy to use with just one hand. They’re reasonably priced, too. ...

  • Wooden ClampsWooden Clamps

    by Richard Showalter

    Richard Showalter makes children's toys that collapse for easier shipping and storage. In making them, he perfected the art of making wooden screws, which paid ...

  • The Bowl GougeThe Bowl Gouge

    by Peter Child

    There are three types of woodturning gouges, writes Peter Child: one designed for bowls, one for between-center coving and small rounds, and one for roughing square ...

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