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Sorby 6-Piece Woodturning Set with Book and DVD (Woodturning: A Foundation Course)

Robert Sorby's flagship combination of turning tools, complete with a companion book and DVD to get you started.
Item #
51306
Rating:
96% of 100

Robert Sorby's flagship set of turning tools is designed to fill the needs of woodturners from beginner to professional. These high-quality tools will shorten the learning curve for those just starting out, and are sure to impress the seasoned woodturner. The set comprises six of Robert Sorby's core range of tools: a roughing gouge, spindle gouge, bowl gouge, skew, parting tool and scraper. Each tool is crafted from the highest quality high speed steel, and married to a comfortable handle turned from solid ash. The set arrives in a high quality box that provides an attractive presentation as a gift, and practical storage thereafter.


Features:

  • 3/4'' spindle roughing gouge turns square stock round, a real work horse
  • 3/8'' spindle gouge for detailing spindle turnings
  • 3/8'' bowl gouge makes light work of the hardest material and will quickly turn bowls
  • 3/4'' standard skew chisel provides a slightly 'rolled' edge to help guard against catching an edge; retains much of its weight, making it ideal for larger spindle work like newel posts and table legs
  • 1/8'' parting tool for parting off work and making detail cuts
  • 1/2'' round nose scraper works great for bowls and platters

Package includes an instructional book and companion DVD that introduces fundamental skills to beginners and polishes the skills of more advanced turners.


Woodturning - a Foundation Course has enjoyed immense popularity over the years thanks to its in-depth coverage of the fundamentals: lathes, tools, sharpening, and essential skills. With this, the latest edition of the international bestselling book, comes a DVD that helps to reinforce the knowledge and skills outlined in the pages. It offers beginning turners an approachable entry into the craft, and serious furniture makers the skills to create chair legs, newels, balusters, and more. The 90-minute companion DVD demonstrates the techniques in visual detail, allowing you to review any part of the course whenever you wish.

(1) 3/4'' Spindle roughing gouge (843H)
(1) 3/8'' Spindle gouge (840H)
(1) 3/8'' Bowl gouge (842H)
(1) 3/4'' Standard skew chisel (810H)
(1) 1/8'' Parting tool (830H)
(1) 1/2'' Round nose scraper (820H)
(1) Storage case
(1) Woodturning: A Foundation Course, Book
(1) Companion DVD
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number A67HS6T
Weight 6.6500
Tech Spec Turning Tools:
  • Tool Length: Ranges from 14-3/4'' to 19-1/2'' long overall
  • Handle Material: Solid ash hardwood
  • Shank Material: High speed steel

Book/DVD:

  • Type: Paperback Book with DVD
  • ISBN: 978-1-78494-063-8
  • Year of Publication: 2015
  • Dimensions: 8-1/4'' x 10-7/8''
  • Pages: 192
  • Photos: 180
  • Drawings: 125
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Highly Recommended Turning Tools for Beginners and Advanced Woodturners
This is a selection of the best quality turning tools available. The set was well chosen for its versatility to make an almost unlimited variety of wood turning projects, including pens, handles, spindles, bowls, platters and much more. If you are a beginner starting out, this will "bootstrap" your woodturning and get you started right with HSS turning tools. With them, you will learn traditional woodturning techniques and eventually come to love using these tools. If you are an experienced woodturner, you will appreciate the high quality and selection of these turning tools. (There is nothing wrong with carbide turning tools; I use them too, but carbide tools are somewhat limited, and carbide tools may eventually limit your own growth as a woodturner, compared with these turning tools.)

These tools require sharpening, and then re-sharpening as you use them. You must have a way to sharpen them. Sharpening tools is another great skill to learn, too.

The book is well-written and densely packed. It is still a best seller, even though the author has been gone for over a decade. I highly recommend it, but it is a dry read in that British style, so it is easy to miss key details that you will find when you go back to it again and again. The DVD is even dryer, if possible. The DVD is okay, but not the reason you will grow to love this set.

I know that this set costs a lot of money, but it is so worth it, something you will appreciate more and more over the years.
October 27, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
GREAT VALUE
GREAT QUALITY TOOLS - GREAT VALUE.
February 4, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Great tools.
Great quality but need to be sharpened out of the box
December 24, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
sorby - great knives
great quality - video while informative was a snoozefest
January 10, 2019
Purchased
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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husband told me to order it for him for christmas. he can figure out which tools he likes the most and the guy who made the dvd is amazing so he is excited to learn from him
brooke B on Dec 8, 2019
Looks like a great starter set
Delaine A on Dec 2, 2019
husband told me to order it for him for christmas. he can figure out which tools he likes the most and the guy who made the dvd is amazing so he is excited to learn from him
brooke B on Dec 8, 2019
looks like a great set and just purchased a lathe
Thomas W on Dec 6, 2019
Looks like a great starter set
Delaine A on Dec 2, 2019
Sorby was recommended by a friend. This set also happened to have nice extras, case, DVD, etc.
Molly M on Nov 29, 2019
We want to learn woodturning - a new adventure
Richard C on Nov 28, 2019
I attended a sharpening class and they were using Sorby tools to demonstrate the techniques of sharpening. I was very impressed with the tools and decided to purchase a set.
Jim D on Nov 17, 2019
Best bowl turning knives I have used.
Reed Biggers I on Dec 8, 2018
Present for son-in-law
Stanley B on Dec 8, 2018
Good price. Quality product.
Terence B on Nov 26, 2018
I have a small lathe and need tools
James E L on Nov 26, 2018
Good tools. Good price
Randy B on Nov 24, 2018
I really like Sorbys quality and the value of the purchase
RICH H on Jan 26, 2018
I purchased this for my brother who is just getting into woodturning. Using quality tools are the best way, in my opinion, to learn and enjoy the art. I have found Sorby tools to be excellent tools. I use them with confidence.
Jim E on Jan 17, 2018
looks like a great set and just purchased a lathe
Thomas W on Dec 6, 2019
Sorby was recommended by a friend. This set also happened to have nice extras, case, DVD, etc.
Molly M on Nov 29, 2019
Where is this made? Is it made in China?
Karen H on Dec 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: England
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