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Wide Skew Chisel

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There’s a video of Allan Batty using what looks like a 2” wide skew chisel. Does anyone know who makes such a wide chisel. I can’t find one anywhere
 
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I have Allan Lacer's super skew and I believe it is about 2" wide. Just checked his web site it is a 1 3/8" wide, then measured mine and it is 1 38" wide by about 5/6" thick on the cutting end tapering up to 1/2" thick near the tang.
 
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Doug Thompson also offers a 1 3/8" skew from V10 steel, but Alan's would be a little more refined. I bet Doug could make you one up to a couple inches in width, but it would be extremely expensive.
 

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I found one at a flea mkt. It's almost 3" wide. I rarely use it. I did a turning that was 19" in diameter and used it.
 
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There’s a video of Allan Batty using what looks like a 2” wide skew chisel. Does anyone know who makes such a wide chisel. I can’t find one anywhere
Just curious- why do you want a skew that wide? I use my 3/4" and 1" skews the most. I have the large 1-3/8" Lacer skew, but rarely use it.
I find the smaller skews much easier to manipulate and maneuver, over the bigger one.
 
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So much depends on the scale of work you're doing. Little fussy detailing requires little fussy skew chisels. Big diameters are easiest done with big skew chisels. The wider skew chisels are easier to grasp and control when aggressive cutting is done. Wider skews also take a little longer to sharpen.

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Wider chisels work best here

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Getting in these deep crevices requires a small and thin skew

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My current inventory of skew chisels. Skew chisels are so easy to make.
 
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My wide skews are 1 5/16. I got some blanks from D Way and ground them to my preferred shapes, which is a slightly round nose profile rather than straight across. If I was to turn a large spindle, I would use a SRG first, then my larger skews to clean it up. Can't imagine using a 2 inch wide skew, any more than I can imagine using a 2 inch wide scraper.

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Just curious- why do you want a skew that wide? I use my 3/4" and 1" skews the most. I have the large 1-3/8" Lacer skew, but rarely use it.
I find the smaller skews much easier to manipulate and maneuver, over the bigger one.
Partially, due to curiosity. But recently I was doing some large spindles and thought a wider skew would give me a little more security going into a deep "v". I remembered the Alan Batty video and looked up wide skews on line but could not find one like he was using. I don't know if it was a full 2" but It was pretty wide and had a rather short handle.
 
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Before investing in a 2 inch skew I would suggest watching Steve the woodturner
Steve is a uk professional production woodturner

Steve uses an Ashley Iles one inch skew which has rolled edges


Steve also as considerable content on Instagram (both images and short videos)


or type Steve the woodturner into Instagram


Example video 2 methods using skew

https://www.instagram.com/p/CXeCCLOFpqX/
 
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If you are turning very large spindles you will need a very large SRG and at that radius the wings can be used just like a skew for the finishing cuts... see the following video at the 6min mark where he uses the big SRG to do finishing cuts and explains that he using it like a skew chisel.

View: https://youtu.be/f8vuZOOX1cc
 
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There’s a video of Allan Batty using what looks like a 2” wide skew chisel. Does anyone know who makes such a wide chisel. I can’t find one anywhere
I make my own chisels as the old turners did . I make them from old files and old thickners planer blades which are HSS steel it takes a bit of work but to me is part of the turning experiance
 
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