Hunter Carbide Woodturning # 1 Taper

Hunter Carbide Woodturning # 1 Taper

The Hunter Carbide Woodturning # 1 Taper tools were designed by Mark St. Leger, a noted box maker. They are to be used on vessel’s 3” tall max and smaller. These # 1 Taper Tools can be used to rough out hollow forms, but the best use is for finishing and final form shaping as shown on the illustration. The # 1 Straight tool will clean up the bottom, the # 1 Hook Tool will clean up the sides and then the hardest cut for any turner is to clean up the shoulder which the # 1 Shoulder or Back tool is designed to reach.

The components or accessaries for the # 1 Taper Tools are the same for the # 1 Cutters. These tools have a 3/8” round shank and are available without handles or with a 12″ turned handle.

# 1 Taper “C” hook tool, application hint … start the cut at 7:30 – 8:30 on the clock angle and once engaged rotate the cutter to 8:30 to 8:45 on the clock .
Application hint … start the cut at the 7:30 on the clock angle and once engaged rotate the cutter to 8:30 to 8:45 on the clock angle.

To review ornament globes from various known turners, a common thread is the globe outside diameter is about 2 1/4″ and the globe outside height is about 1 1/2.” Most turners will hollow ornament globes through a 5/8″ or 3/4″ diameter opening.

To make a globe with these dimensions, the only tools needed are the # 1 Taper Straight and # 1 Taper Back tool. It is a pleasing form for the globe and it is amazingly easy to hollow a globe with these two tools. Just open up the bottom with the # 1 Straight tool and then using the # 1 Taper Back tool, clean up under the shoulder to the major diameter on the inside of the globe.

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