Lathe tools Robert Sorby Micro Spindle Set

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9 years 7 months ago - 9 years 7 months ago #10632 by reible
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I am not a big lathe user but I've found I've been doing a bit more of it of late and enjoying it. This past summer I had a project of restoring some parts that were missing from and antique, they might be best described as golf tee looking parts that were used to attach some parts and required a slight taper and then radius.

I have the standard shopsmith set plus the bowl set and it became apparent this project would have been a lot easier with some smaller tools. I've seen a lot of people have started pen turning and I might want to give that a try one day... maybe. I have allocated some funds for a new set of turning tools and first looked at the set that shopsmith sells (518908) Pen Turning set. Right now they are going for $46.17. See it here:

I also noticed that Rockler has the Sorby Micro Spindle set on sale for $39.99, you can see it here:

I don't have any experience with that type of handle or Sorby tools but the catalogs seem to portray them as high quality.

So here is the deal, I think the Sorby set will work for my other interests and maybe for pen turning but I'd like to see what some of the experienced turners here have to say. Anyone with an opinion?

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9 years 7 months ago #10633 by nuhobby
nuhobby replied the topic: Re:Lathe tools Robert Sorby Micro Spindle Set
Hi Ed,
I own the Shopsmith std. 5-pc chisel set, the no-name Penn State pen-turning HSS set, and the Shopsmith miniature hollow-turning set. Also I have a Talon chuck along with the screw-center and faceplate drives. They all get used from time to time. The no-name chisel-set has more rattle to the ferrules but it works fine.

I think the single best investment I have in turning is the magazine "Woodturning Design" which comes out 4 times a year and which still has back-issues available. I like how the articles always include ingenious solutions including shop-built chucks, mandrels, and cutting & scraping tools. It is a good magazine to stimulate the creative process at any scale, but particularly at the miniature end of the scale which I enjoy for a quick fix of woodworking when time is short.

Enjoy -- Spring is coming!

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