Turning Archive 2004
Sandor in Boyds, MD
I'm mostly a hand tool junkie and have recently become interested in turning. I have an old craftsman lathe that I restored and I am learning the fine art of turning. The stuff you guys post amazes me.
So I have a question about the skew chisel. I'm a little intimidated by the skew after some surprising catches on the parts I've been turning.
Has anyone here used a drawknife in the same manner as a skew chisel? You can hold the bevel down and rest it on the tool rest and workpiece. The benefit as I can see it is that there are no edges to catch. The blade is 10" long.
Would anyone recommend against this? I have not yet tried it, but was contemplating it.
And I'm turning cocobolo with Crown HSS tools. In your experience, does cocobolo dull tools quickly or do I have a crapy set?
Thanks in advance.