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What are woodturning chisels made of?

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Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide A woodturning chisel is made up of several parts, and each part is made from a specific material.

Blade

Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide The blade of a woodturning chisel is typically made from high speed steel (HSS). The blade (including cutting edge, shaft and tang) is formed from a single piece of metal.
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High speed steel

High speed steel is a sub-category of tool-steel frequently used for cutting and machining tools. Power-saw blades, drill bits, and chisels are commonly made from high-speed steel.

Handle

Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide The handle of a woodturning tool is commonly made from hardwood, though other materials including impact-resistant plastics, such as PVC, may be used.
Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide

Hardwood

Hardwoods used for for woodturning chisel handles include beech, maple, oak and boxwood.

Ferrule

Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide The ferrule is the part of the tool that bolsters the joint between handle and blade.
Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide

Brass

Brass is commonly used for ferrules because it is strong and resistant to corrosion.

  Images on this page are used with the kind permission of Brian Clifford at www.turningtools.co.uk

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