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 Post subject: Delvies acrylic dowels
PostPosted: September 3rd, 2013, 9:59 am 
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So ive been playing around for a few months now by turning barrels and inserts out of different kinds of wood and some cheap acrylic that was really easy to turn but I recently ordered some acrylic from delvies and I cant turn that stuff worth nothing. Now I know i have some crappy beginners tools and that is what my question is, what brand tools do I need to go with that is still easy on the pocket book? And what style of tools do I need like roughing gouge, etc? Im by no means an expert but I just started this hobby and really enjoy doing it and would love some advice on any of it! Thanks in advance


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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2013, 10:44 am 
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As far as what tools you need to turn acrylic, I would say that is personal preference. But whatever you use it has to be sharp. If you're turning acrylic with dull tools you're wasting you're time. I prefer a round nose scraper in hss and I have a round carbide tool from things western I believe, that I like pretty well. Main thing in my opinion is sharp tools and take your time.


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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2013, 11:09 am 
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no issues turning acrylic with the same tools you turn wood with.. just make sure they are sharp and its just a new learning curve on the feel for acrylic... if your chattering the acrylic your applying to much pressure.. if your getting long ribbons peeling off your doing it right.. i remember when i first started with acrylic i hated the stuff.. now i would rather turn 100 acrylic calls over 1 wood one...

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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2013, 11:29 am 
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Yeah I think the sharpness is my issue because I've been turning other stuff and I only have a $20 set of wood turning tools from Home Depot so I'm pretty sure that's the problem. What speed should I be turnin the acrylic at?


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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2013, 11:55 am 
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i turn mine at the highest speed... some ppl say turn it 3/4 your lathe speed.. personally i have no issues turning at high so thats what i go with... play around with it until you get comfortable with it..

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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2013, 12:01 pm 
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I appreciate all the advice!! Do you have a preference on tool brand or where to get some decent ones?


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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2013, 12:11 pm 
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to be honest im still turning with the highest priced set you could get at Habor Freight.. the set was around $100.. they are HSS and i just keep them sharp and have no issues... i do have a few other carbide tip tools that have interchanable tips that i use for various other projects where tear out of material is more crucial (suck as cross cut woods and turkey pots).. but for duck calls i use the ole harbor freights.. have made hundreds and hundreds of calls with them...

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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2013, 12:13 pm 
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Well that's exactly what I needed to know! I appreciate it a lot!


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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2013, 2:59 pm 
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Agree with deeks. I turn acrylic with HSS round nose from Harbor Freight.

I do have higher end tools, I like Crown but it seems most turners like Sorby.

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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2013, 7:44 pm 
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Also another thing to keep handy when staring with acrylic when your trying to get chatter out without chipping anymore.. get a large round file like a chainsaw sharpening file but about 1/2" diameter.. u can work out chips safely without risking chipping material again.. can't tell u how many times I have cleaned up a mistake with a file.. another tip for squaring off stock you didn't cut as straight as u need is to put your blank on you lathe mandrel and turn on the lathe and use a hack saw (just rest the blade on material and let the lathe do the work) don't saw like u normally would... lots of tricks when working on a lathe just a couple that I use that can save ya a lil time..

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75% of my work is done with hss tools but I got a carbide tipped one that I do a good bit with. As the others have said, keep Em sharp! I didn't understand just how sharp they needed to be. I honestly could never keep them sharp enough with a file so I bought a grinder and that solved that problem.

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