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Woodturning and Pyrography Information Pages

Starting out in woodturning.
Essential equipment you will need. What to buy. Where to look for helpful information

Buying a lathe. Page1
Buying a lathe. Things to look out for when buying a lathe. Good and bad features. What to avoid

Buying a lathe. Page2
More technical discussion of desirable features of different lathe designs

Choosing your first woodturning tool set
What you need to get started. Essential tools that most woodturners use all the time. What they are and how they are used.

About woodturning chucks - do you need one?

About woodturning chucks - types available
History and comparison of various woodturning chucks. Screwchucks, collet chucks, scroll chucks and others.

Woodturning scroll chucks - how do they work?

Grinders and jigs you need for Sharpening Woodturning Tools the easy way

More on choosing grinders and jigs for Sharpening Woodturning Tools

More on jigs for Sharpening

Microcrystalline grinding wheels for woodturners

Grinding wheels for woodturner's - technical discussion

Dressing the grindstone for best results

Robert Sorby Pro Edge Machine

What to do about the dust hazard. Choosing a dust extractor

Using green or part seasoned cheap wood from gardens and woodland

Abrasives and polishing
Sanding and polishing methods and products. Which is the best polish?

Woodturning Glossary

A personal view of bowl gouges

What are bowl gouges?

Special Angled tip bowl gouges for Woodturners

A personal view of bowl gouges

Turning a peppergrinder step by step

Pyrography Pages

Professional hot wire pyrography tool

Wire points come in many forms and can be purchased or homemade
Points for shading. Points for fine or extra heavy lines and lettering

How to make wire points using just pliers and screwdriver
Making a point yourself - step by step

Pyrography and woodturning gallery

Woodturning links and Pyrography links
Links to interesting sites on Woodturning and Pyrography

Also on the website

Sticky chucks - grip a flat surface with no recess/spigot.
Uses hot melt adhesive.

The Coil Grip Chuck

Patriot scroll chuck and accessories
Patriot chuck specification, accessories and jaws to fit