Ask WWGOA: Turning Tool Recommendations


I’m new to turning. I bought a Jet 12-20 lathe. I have one full length Easy Wood Rougher. I need to buy more turning tools. Since I’m new and want to learn to do “coves” and “beads” would you recommend continuing with the Easy Wood System or going to the standard gouges, skews etc.? Funds are limited but I will buy “one” quality tool at a time over a period of months. Also, if you recommend “standard” what do I look for in a good set of tools or brand?

Submitted by anonymous


As you’re turning skills advance you’ll want to transition from scraping to shearing. You can have a look at this video to see what shearing beads looks like. I love the fact that the Easy Wood tools don’t require sharpening, allowing more time for turning. Check with them to see if you can get the results from their tools you’d get from shearing with “conventional” lathe chisels. If you do choose to go down the conventional road I’d stick with high speed steel lathe chisels. With the rougher in hand I’d buy a gouge next, then a skew.


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6 Responses to “Ask WWGOA: Turning Tool Recommendations”

  1. Jerry Kruger

    In turning, when you attach a face plate to a piece of wood and then glue it to a paper and then attach it to the base to be turned, what glue should you use? Is gorilla wood glue ok?

    • Customer Service

      Hello Jerry,
      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:

      You should use PVA glue for this. I’ve never tried it with Polyurethane glue. Under the Gorilla brand, you’ll find both PVA and Polyurethane types.


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  2. christopher_dies

    Hello everyone ! Corny right…I just starting out woodworking , last time was in high school ! Anyway the problem i’m having is when i go to use the joiner on a piece of wood (side edge) the cut bows which doesnot make for a good edge.Could someone help me with this . Its a small 6″ joiner sits on work bench . thank you

    • Customer Service

      Hi Christopher. The two most common culprits for this include:
      technique: If you are pressing down too hard this can cause a bowed cut
      outfeed table: check to see that your outfeed table is parallel with your infeed. Use a good quality straight edge to determine this, because it doesn’t have to be off by much to cause problems. If your outfeed dips down toward the outfeed end, it could cause this problem.

    • Barbara

      Hi Christopher,
      I’m thinking you mean a jointer, not a joiner. A lot of people mix up the two…