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Whilst searching for a small secondhand lathe I came across this pair new at a very good price.
I know nothing about turning, are they specialist or might they be useful to someone starting out if the price is right.
I appreciate I would have to buy a handle.
 

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I think I have an unused handle for those that I want to sell.

In fact I have a whole load of Hope tools that I will be selling soon.
 
they would be very good to have......
just to say 4 different shaped carbides bits, trianguar, round etc direct from China was about £12......

u will need to make a metal shaft for those to fit in, them mount em in a wooden handle.....I like stainless steel shafting for home made's....

when I started with my first wood lathe....it was a rusty old wreck that was a gift......I had no money to spare....
all I had was a couple of old Firmer chisels.....
I made my first handle with them and a load of sanding then using that made to rest......
HSS lathe tool blanks were available then....50 years ago......

the purist dont like carbide but who cares....
 
No actually a fact, as I am coming over to Blighty on the 10th with a bag, or can post from here.

I've had enough of tripping over all my excess baggage now that it is all in one place.
 
they would be very good to have......
just to say 4 different shaped carbides bits, trianguar, round etc direct from China was about £12......

u will need to make a metal shaft for those to fit in, them mount em in a wooden handle.....I like stainless steel shafting for home made's....

when I started with my first wood lathe....it was a rusty old wreck that was a gift......I had no money to spare....
all I had was a couple of old Firmer chisels.....
I made my first handle with them and a load of sanding then using that made to rest......
HSS lathe tool blanks were available then....50 years ago......

the purist dont like carbide but who cares....
I think the tips are M42
 
No actually a fact, as I am coming over to Blighty on the 10th with a bag, or can post from here.

I've had enough of tripping over all my excess baggage now that it is all in one place.
quick release or grub screw? size?
I think my neighbourss leave for Italy around the 20th.
I haven't bought the scrapers, the seller hasn't replied yet, they could be sold
 
Yes, they are good but there are a few small caviats - below. I have both and use them perfectly easily unhandled. I have wondered about turning handles for them but I haven't needed to (yet).

They need to be sharpened properly to work well. Get in touch with Simon Hope and he will send you updated sharpening instructions. I think he updated them. They might be on his Web site. Don't grind them at normal scraper grind angles as you will negate their advantages.

They are scrapers. As a beginner, you will use scrapers but bowl and spindle gouges plus spindle roughing gouge, skew and parting tool are more use to you as a beginner. Some people like carbide tipped tools. Some with cutting edges are good, particularly for hollowing but the flat topped jobbies are just scrapers. Their main advantage is that you don't need to sharpen them so often but they are scrapers.

Drifting off topic, people say you must buy high speed steel tools. Yes they are good but, again, their main advantage is that you don't need to sharpen them so often but you can get a just as good an edge on old fashioned carbon steel, sometimes better. It just won't last as long. Get yourself a good sharpening jig that you can use in moments and you'll save money and time.
 
I remember being quite embarrassed when a good friend popped round for me to do some repair for him. I have all my tools in old filing cabinet type drawers. These were actually picked up from the local police, apparently used to keep villains photographs in the old days, so eight very sturdy cabinets with seven shallow drawers each. I label everything so he pulled open the drawers marked screwdrivers, and then insisted we count them all. I think it was about 110! He was overjoyed, having always taken the mickey about my love of tools. Ever since he has delighted in getting people to ask me how many screwdrivers I have. I didn't have the nerve to point out that this didn't include a quite large collection of jewellers sizes elsewhere! :)
 
must have at least 100 turning tools if not more. And 7 lathe's 😳
7 lathes? For some obscure reason, a memory pops up of Rick Wakeman in concert, surrounded by three stacks of keyboards, playing differing ones as the songs progress...wonder if Blister does his turning like that?
 

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