Having chosen your woodturning lathe, the next step is acquiring the right tools. These 6 tools are essential for anyone starting woodturning as a craft. Made in Sheffield UK, the Axminster Craft set represents true value for money and will ensure you gain maximum satisfaction from your new hobby. It is the result of collaboration between Axminster Skill Centre tutors and a long established Sheffield tool manufacturer. They come correctly ground and ready sharpened. The blades are M2 HSS steel, fitted to smooth, well-shaped beechwood handles. M2 HSS holds a sharp edge far longer than cheaper carbon steel.
The set comprises:
20mm roughing gouge – for removing the corners of square stock and initial rough shaping.
19mm skew chisel – for planing cuts, trimming end grain, vee and finishing cuts, this chisel has rounded edges to help when cutting beads.
10mm spindle gouge – for cutting coves and concave shapes.
12mm parting tool – for parting work from the waste and cutting deep grooves when sizing.
10mm bowl gouge – with a deep ‘U’ shaped flute both shaping the outside and inside of bowls or goblets.
13mm round nose scraper – used for removing tool marks and refining the shape of a bowl.
Overall length: 340mm (bowl gouge 490mm), handle length: 215mm (bowl gouge 320mm).