Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
swan neck or angle tool?

eliot d
>When hollowing through a smallish hole, near the shoulder, which do you generally reach for, a swan neck tool, or a straight tool with, say, a cutter at 45 deg.? The swan neck will have no axial torque, but the overhang has to be long enough so that the tool rest is behind the point where the swan begins to curve. The straight tool does have axial torque, but the overhang can be minimized. (I've been arguing with a turning friend about it.) Let's assume, for the sake of this argument that you are holding the shaft of the tool by hand -- no constraining rigs, torque bars, etc.

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