Review

Lee Valley’s nine-piece set of turning chisels will get any turner off to a good start in the hobby—for a reasonable price.
The set features a 3/4" roughing gouge; 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" spindle gouges; a 1/2" bowl gouge; a 1" oval skew chisel; a 3/16" diamond parting tool; a 1" square scraper; and a 1" roundnose scraper. There’s also a polyester tool roll for storing or carrying the chisels. I turned several projects with these tools—big and small bowls, furniture spindles, and drawer pulls—and they performed well after I sharpened each to my satisfaction. I was able to grind the high-speed-steel chisels to create precise cutting edges, and they held those edges throughout prolonged turning better than I expected. The oval-shaped skew proved trickier to sharpen than the flat skews I normally use, but it cuts well once sharp. I appreciate the 15"-long ash handles, but would prefer handles about 3" shorter on the spindle gouges. I find shorter handles better fit my technique when making tight coves and beads. —Tested by Brian Simmons

Product

Performance

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Features

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Value

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
4.3
out of 5