Friday 3 May 2013
The ToolPost has recently introduced the CompacTool set of six short turning tools, but why is it so important that these are short tools, and why has The ToolPost gone to the trouble of having Sheffield-based Hamlet Craft Tools manufacture them exclusively for its store?
Well, Peter Hemsley (MD of The ToolPost) believes that the current trend for ever-longer 'standard' woodturning tools is an impediment to the performance of many turners. This situation has arisen from the widespread subscription to the ethos of "bigger is always better' in some important tool markets. The problem is that at the same time, compact lathes have become increasingly popular, particularly 'bench-top' lathes.
However, it is vital not only to use the right tools for the task in hand but those tools must be capable of being presented to the timber correctly when using any particualr woodturning lathe. For that to happen, tools and lathe need to be in the correct proportion to each other. The popular 'bench-top' lathes typically have a fixed headstock and a 255-305mm diameter swing over the bed. However, tools need to be of a size that allows them to be manoeuvred over the bed of the lathe and in the restricted space that separates the workpiece from the tailstock. The tools created by the mainstream manufacturers are simply too large to enable this to happen, which is why The ToolPost intervened.
The result is a set of woodturning tools that really does answer an ever-present, specific and vital problem which is impairing the performance of very many woodturners. These tools are the no-compromise solution, having been specifically designed for easier and more successful turning on a smaller lathe. They are not miniature tools: they are simply smaller versions of the full-size tools with which many woodturners will be familiar, with appropriately proportioned handles to suit the situation in which they are designed to be used.
What the set includes:
This unique set consists of a 12mm spindle roughing gouge, 10mm spindle gouge, 10mm bowl gouge, 1.5mm narrow parting tool with modified tip geometry, 12mm rolled edge skew chisel and 25 x 6mm bowl scraper.
Price: £117.50 (for the set)
Contact: The ToolPost
Tel: 01235 511 101
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