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I am brand new at wood turning. I have only turned cork,EVE and hypolan. I thought i would give wood a try so i could make wooden reel sears. I have purchased a coupe of gouges and a parting tool. I did a test piece and it went pretty well, But then i tried a piece of Maple it was very hard to drill for my mandrel. I put it on the mandrel and have tried to turn it. I think it took the edges off my gougers when i lowered the gouge to turn. Is Maple really that hard or am i just to stupid to figure it out.
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Paul,
When you buy turning tools, they don't come sharpened as they should be. Part of turning is learning how to sharpen your tools. There are many books and videos on the subject, but the best thing to do is find someone in your area with experience that could show you.
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Maple is a very good wood to turn and don't find it that hard. Hickory, Locust, Pecan and Osage Orange will give you lot more headaches. Even those I don't have problems with.
If your tools are losing their edge that quick you may need new tools. The best tools on the market as far as edge holding are the Thompson tools. At least if you don't count the carbide tools. Since buying the Thompson tools I don't use my other tools very often. www.thompsonlathetools.com
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