Turning Tools

These articles have lots of information and tips on making and using turning tools.


Making Tapered Octagonal and Hexagonal Handles
By: James D Thompson
In this article, Jim shows us how to make a jig which allows you to cut your turning blank into either an octagonal or hexagonal shape which can then be mounted on your lathe to finish into your tool handle.


Making Handles for your Woodturning Gouges
By: James D Thompson
In this article, Jim explains us how he makes handles for his steel tool. He also shows a prototype jig to make octagon tool handles.


DIY Articulated Hollowing Rig
By: Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
This article gives you a parts list and shows you how to assemble your own DIY articulated hollowing rig. If you've got metal working experience or are ready to give it a go, this might be all you need to build your own hollowing rig.


Tools on a Budget
By: Gary Webster
In this article, Gary shows us how to make tool handles and then he goes on to show us how to make a point tool, a chatter tool, hollowing tools and a texturing tool.


Fire-setting a tool in the handle Fee-based Woodturning Articles by John Lucas
By: John Lucas
I make a lot of my own tools and tool handles. I have been asked many times how I make a handle for a file with a tapered tang. Over the years, I have found that there are two ways to do it. Join me as I explain how I use fire-setting as an excellent technique to make your own tool handles.


Make your own Wood Ferrules Fee-based Woodturning Articles by John Wolf
By: John Wolf
A metal tool, particularly a turning tool, generally requires a handle. That handle is often made from wood. One of the problems with wood it that it is not uniformly strong in all directions. The fibers of the wood usually run parallel to the length of the handle and that increases the risk that the fibers will be spread apart as the tool is levered by force on the handle. To spread that force that is trying to spread those fibers, a ring-like band of material is placed around the wood. This object, a ferrule, is typically made from metal, but other materials can also serve this purpose.


Gouges 101
By: Al Hockenbery
In this article, Al explains how gouges cut and how to use them. He covers bowl, spindle and spindle roughing gouges. This is an excellent tool for beginners or those needing a refresher.


What's the difference between 10V steel and M2 steel for Woodturning tools?
By: Cindy Drozda
I'm really enjoying using tools made from CPM 10V steel. I think this alloy is here to stay in the woodturning world. If you've been wondering what it's all about, here is a double ear-full of my opinion on the subject. This is my best effort at explaining the difference between standard M2 steel woodturning tools, and 10V steel tools.


How to use a Bedan
By: Pascal Oudet
The Bedan is a very common woodturning tool in France. But in few other places.

In this article, Pascal shows us the bedan and helps explain ways it can be used.

The word, Bedan comes from the French word "bédane" (duck beak, as duck is anas in Latin). I don't know if it's related to the shape or whatever.

This tool is pretty old, and was used for turning before gouges appeared. While it is mostly used for spindle turning, it can also be used for hollowing.


Making Removable Tool Handles
By: Joe Johnson
In this article, Joe Johnson shows us how to use an off-the-shelf handle insert and attach it to some aluminum tubing to create a really nice tool handle. He also suggests that it can be done for about $25 which is a huge cost saving.


Making a PVC Gouge Handle with Aluminum Insert
By: Keith Larrett
In this article Keith shows us how he uses a PVC as the main handle body. He turns a piece of aluminum on his lathe to hold the tool. These instructions will help you make your own!


Rotary Tool Holder
By: Sharon Doughtie
If you have a Foredom tool or other rotary shaft tool, often times you may want it to remain in position while you're working on the lathe. Pat Kramer made this holder to solve that problem.


Tool Handle Extension
By: Andy Cole
If you use one of those double-ended tool handles, they often feel uncomfortable. Andy has devised a solution to make it feel complete.


Turning your own Tool Handles
By: American Woodworker Editors
In this photo tutorial, we learn how to turn tool handles including the right length, details about ferrules and how to make handles for different types of tangs. This article has everything that you need to know!


Making a Thin Lathe Skew
By: James D. Thompson
In this article, James shows us to make a thin skew from a power hacksaw blade.


Making a Basic Hook Tool
By: Alan lacer
Alan shows how to make your own hook tool, with drawings and photos.


Turning Tool Handles
By: John Lucas
John describes a turning demonstration conducted by Brenda Stien who turned a tool handle. She used a plumbing compression nut for the ferrule. Read how you can make your own tool handles.


How to make a chatter tool
By: Ken Grunke
Ken shows us how to make a chatter tool from a lag screw and a jig saw blade.


Homemade hook tools
By: Tommie
Tommie show how I make hook tools out of 16d hard cut masonry nails.


Semi Shear Beading Tool
By: David Reed Smith
David describes the advantages and pitfalls of using his Semi-Shear Beading Tool and tells you how to make one.


Making your own Wallet Friendly Shear Scrapers
By: David Reed Smith
This is a reprint of David's article from the American Woodturner, Sept. 1999 where he explains how to make your own Shear Scraper to using on finishing cuts.


How to make a small detail spindle gouge
By: David Reed Smith
I have a nice ?? Sorby spindle gouge. It works very nicely provided the tool rest is close to the work. However, if for some reason (near pommels, tail stock in the way, etc.) I can?t get the tool rest close, then it quickly becomes unusable. It just doesn?t have a big enough cross section to resist vibration. This article tells how to make a small detail spindle gouge with a large enough cross section to resist vibration.


Making your own Carbide Tool
By: Kurt Hertzog
In this short article, Kurt shows some examples of ways that you can make your own carbide tools.


The Negative Rake Scraper
By: Andrew Hilton
Y ou may have seen a new tool being used and discussed lately by some professional woodturners. This isn?t too surprising as many pros will create or adapt tools to their particular turning needs. But, this one has actually been used for many years in one form or another by both the professional and the beginner. Instrument makers (flutes, etc.) have used these tools for centuries!


Make a Mini-Cove Tool
By: David Reed Smith
This article describes how to make a Mini-Coving tool. I?ve found it incredibly easy to make, easy to use and very versatile. The Mini-Coving tool cuts as a shear scraper, so it leaves a surface that needs little sanding. It will work on both spindle and face-plate turning. It will cut coves that are impossibly small for a gouge (my favorite is 1/16? wide). The only limitation is size; it only works well in small sizes.


The Marvellous Skew
By: Bernhard Hofmann
The skew is a marvellous tool. I was determined to get to grips with it when I first started turning, possibly because of its reputation. Of course I?ve had dig-ins and catches a-plenty; it's all part of the learning curve. Call them what you will, if you aren?t prepared to risk anything, you?re not going to learn. So I suggest you get some scrap wood and go to the lathe.


Turning Tool Handles
By: Ron McKinley
Ron explains how to make a wood handle for making your own turning tools. You can buy the steel from several manufacturers, Ron got his from Thompson Tools.


Woodturning Chisels You can Make
By: Jon Siegel
Anyone can make woodturning chisels by following these instructions. In doing so, you are not trying to approximate a standard factory-made chisel. Instead you are creating a ?hard tip? tool. In many ways, this is better than a factory chisel.


Unconventional Tools - Do they work as claimed and are they actually new?
By: Jon Siegel
In the last ten years many new types of turning chisels have come on the market which are not like the traditional gouges, skews, and scrapers of earlier times. These range from miniature tools for turning pens, to large deep fluted bowl gouges and countless devices for hollowing. But here I will look at three new types of chisels that are used for spindle turning ? the pyramid tool, the wedge tool and the skewji gouge.


Making a Compression Nut Ferrule
By: J. Thompson and C. Myers
In this article, James shows us how he uses a brass plumbing compression nut and creates a tool handle ferrule out of it.


Make your own Pyramid/Point/3-sided Skew Tool
By: Andrew Hilton
In this article, Andrew tells us the materials needed and then all the steps to make our own pyramid tool.


Making your own Hook Tool
By: Andrew Hilton
In this article, Andrew covers the materials needed and all the steps to make your own hook tool.


Make your own Turning Tools, The FAQ
By: Andrew Hilton
In this article, Andrew helps us to understand our choices in tool steel. He answers the questions: What steel should I use? What steel do I have? and Where can I find good steel to use?

If you're thinking about making your own tools, this article may help you make the best tool steel choices.


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