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A more narrow skew chisel

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Perry Hilbert, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. Perry Hilbert

    Perry Hilbert

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    I use the skew chisel for most of my turning, and I have skews from 3/4 to 2 inch. However even those are too big for some of the small figures I have been turning. I need a skew closer to 3/8 wide. The problem is that most smaller skews are also very thin. They vibrate and chatter too much. Does anyone make a heavy duty narrow skew, or this something a bedan would cover better.
     
  2. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    For my finials I use a 1/2” crown skew and a 1/4” skew made from a round HSS rod.
    I think I bought it from Packard long long time ago but is easy to make.

    Most of my use of the 1/4” tool is with a forefinger supporting the work to turn beads on finials.
    It rolls nicely.
     
  3. john lucas

    john lucas AAW Forum Expert

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    I love my 3/8" skew I made from a 3/8" spade bit. Some call them paddle bits. I simply cut the points off at an angle and then ground it to a skew shape. The round shank makes it easy to roll on the tool rest and they are good quality steel. My bit had a hole in the center I guess for pulling wire so I cut it just below that hole.
     
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  5. Bill Boehme

    Bill Boehme Administrator Staff Member

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    Have you looked at the Sorby modular micro tools? I bought a set of basic tools that comes with a small aluminum handle. You can also buy the skew separately. It might be smaller than what you are looking for, but I have found all sorts of uses for thee tiny tools, especially the ¼" skew. I would suspect that if a skew is chattering it could be the result of coming off the bevel or pushing the tool when it is dull, but I'm far from an expert with the skew.

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    https://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/wood...ing-tools/modular-micro-tools/b888-8-skew-6mm
     

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