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9 minutes ago, Woodbutcherbynight said:

This is what I use as well.  Never tried anything else.

What am I missing, technique-wise, to make this tool work for me???? I too, use the open ended wrench for sizing.

 

https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/hand-tools/turning-tools/20257-sorby-sizing-tool

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2 minutes ago, FrederickH said:

What am I missing, technique-wise, to make this tool work for me???? I too, use the open ended wrench for sizing.

Not sure, I turn, but don't consider myself to be some pro.  Never have seen the tool you posted.  I understand how it works but the technique like Dan said may be difficult to master. 

 

@lew might have some suggestions.  Or someone else that sees this post.  Keep commenting and keep it active someone is bound to know something.

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1 hour ago, FrederickH said:

What am I missing, technique-wise, to make this tool work for me????

 

I suppose practice makes perfect.  Here's a video with it in use making a rolling pin.  Not much out there showing it in use.

 

 

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I was about to post this video but Dan beat me to it.

 

Never used this tool so I'm just spitballing here. Could it be that the tool is for setting the final diameter? Do you get close to the desired dimension and then use it for the final turning when turning several tenons of the same size?

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1 hour ago, lew said:

I was about to post this video but Dan beat me to it.

 

Never used this tool so I'm just spitballing here. Could it be that the tool is for setting the final diameter? Do you get close to the desired dimension and then use it for the final turning when turning several tenons of the same size?

I tried to use it for the final dimensions but it would always catch and chip the wood. I guess practice makes perfect. Thanks for the very fine links......... You da man!!!

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15 minutes ago, lew said:

I re-looked at the video and some of the images. It almost looks like the point of the parting tool (or bedan) is slightly above center on the work piece. I wonder if that makes any difference? Maybe you have already tried that.

Lew, I've tried this tool in all positions and couldn't get a good cut. For me, the hardest part was removing the tool once the tenon was cut. I have the Sorbey sizing tool (3/8") and purchased the one, pictured above, online for less that $10.00, including shipping, and the parting tool shown is the best of my 4 parting tools that I own.

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24 minutes ago, FrederickH said:

Lew, I've tried this tool in all positions and couldn't get a good cut. For me, the hardest part was removing the tool once the tenon was cut. I have the Sorbey sizing tool (3/8") and purchased the one, pictured above, online for less that $10.00, including shipping, and the parting tool shown is the best of my 4 parting tools that I own.

Not trying to be a wise a$$ here, but are you shutting down the lathe to remove the tool?

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I am not a pro turner, but I did notice a technique.  At the end of the cut, he pushed down on the handle lifting it straight up from the turning spindle.  Like another poster, this is not in my future.  I am still very old school.  I set my calipers to the desired size, use the parting tool to make the cuts and alternate the parting tool and calipers.  Then it is trim down to size.  However, it takes more time to find the high spots and mark and sand.  My work is not nearly as precise as this tool.  I have turned about a dozen rolling pins and everyone loves them.  

 

Also, I noticed he finished in wax and I finish in mineral oil.  It's just a difference, not important.  I guess a wax would be better to seal the wood.  

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