Definitely do NOT get those. They are tool steel and what you need is high speed steel. Buying a set of tools is mostly a waste of money and buying cheap tools is a bigger waste. Buy just the tools that you need and buy good quality tools. One decent tool might cost more than twice the cost of that entire set of junk from Harbor Freight, but you get what you pay for.
If you do not already have a bench grinder with white aluminum oxide wheels, you will also need that. You will also need some sharpening jigs.
I am a member of the Woodturners of North Texas and we are having an open shop mentoring with a number of lathes and instructors tomorrow from 3 pm until 6 pm followed by our regular meeting. There will be hot dogs, chips, and drinks for the hungry. It is probably a long drive for you, but if interested, it should be a good opportunity to learn a few things.
I plan to show folks how to dye figured wood to bring out the chatoyance.
We meet at the Handley Lions Club building on Craig street just west of Loop 820 on the east side of Fort Worth.
Last edited by Bill Boehme; 06-25-2014 at 02:58 PM.