Kit and Tools Tuesdays - CompacTool set archive
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Walter Hall looks at this six-piece CompacTool set of woodturning tools designed for use on the smaller lathe, which are available from The ToolPost
Anyone who has read my book or seen one of my pen-making demonstrations will know that I am not an enthusiast of small 'pen-making' type sets of tools so when these new Hamlet 'Compac' tools from The ToolPost arrived for testing, I was not expecting to be impressed. I was wrong.
These are not the usual miniature tools but seriously reduced length versions of full-size tools. They are specifically designed to make turning easier on smaller lathes where the reduced swing and length between centres can make access with long-handled tools difficult. They allow the turner to more easily attain the correct positioning of the cutting edge and handle movement when working within the constraints of a small machine, thus making it easier to exercise good practice and better tool control. The problems frequently encountered with full-size tools, such as being prevented from achieving the correct presentation of the bevel to the work by the proximity of the tailstock or the lathe bed, are almost completely eliminated.