Wood Turning Tools

If you’re looking for an affordable mini lathe for turning pens or bottle stoppers, I came across this awesome sale. Rockler has a great little lathe in their clearance center for $99. while supplies last.  I checked out the shipping and it’s pretty reasonable at $11.95 to the USA.    

Wilton 99177 Mini Wood Lathe, Internet Only, While Supplies Last!
Woodworkers of all skill levels will love this compact, capable lathe. It’s perfect for turning a wide variety of smaller projects, including pens, pencils, small bowls, and spindles up to 12” long. Plus, it packs plenty of power (2/5 HP, 2.3 amps) and stows easily anywhere in your shop. Additional #1 Morse Taper available (27050)  

Wilton 99177 Mini Wood Lathe, Internet Only, While Supplies Last!

Wilton 99177 Mini Wood Lathe, Internet Only, While Supplies Last!

This is a great gift idea for those hard to buy for woodturners 🙂  All joking aside, this tool allows you to sand those hard to reach spots without leaving any unsightly sanding tracks. The Sandmaster can also be used to apply oil or wax to your turning and will produce a quality professional finish.

The following video is from Robert Sorby and gives a complete demonstration of the sanding and finishing process using the Sandmaster.

Sorby Sandmaster
An extremely handy addition to any turner’s armory, the Sandmaster is used in conjunction with a lathe to put a fine finish on turned pieces. It eliminates the unsightly lines often associated with traditional hand sanding.

Sorby Sandmaster

Sorby Sandmaster


The Sandmaster comes complete with a Velcro covered 2″ sponge pad which allows for the easy changing of abrasive discs. The aluminum oxide discs come in a variety of grits – from 60 – 400.

The adjustable head lets you reach even the most difficult areas. As an option for your larger turnings, a 3″ head and sanding discs are also available for greater efficiency.

The Sandmaster becomes an even more versatile tool when the head is removed and replaced by a pigtail mandrel and bowl mop. Made of fine grade cotton these mops are ideal for applying oils or buffing waxes to produce a professional finish.

Sandmaster Customer Reviews

1) Submitted by Jon, from Endicott, NY on 1/16/2008
Customer Rating:
I had my doubts when I ordered this but it’s cut my sanding time by at least 75% with better results … Works great …
IMHO the biggest drawback is the limited quantity of sandpaper you get with your order.

2) Submitted by Jack, from Travis AFB, CA on 2/24/2007
Works geat, gets in to small areas, and with the variety of sandpaper takes the wood down to a ultra smooth finish. Handle could be a bit longer.

Every wood turner knows that Robert Sorby tools are among the best for turning.  If you’re looking for a great gift idea, here’s one you won’t be able to resist. A 6 piece Robert Sorby tool set for only $149.99… 50%off regular price. There’s not many of these sets left, so get yours while their still available.

6 Piece Sorby Turning Tool Set
We have a limited number of these top-quality Robert Sorby turning sets at a great price. Contains all the essential tools for spindles and bowls, making it the perfect set for beginners and veterans alike. Highly polished flutes ensure a smooth finish, while precisely profiled edges provide the best possible cutting characterisics. Each Sorby tool is carefully hardened and tempered to its specific set of needs, and the handles are guaranteed to never loosen. Includes a 3/4″ roughing gouge, 3/8″ bowl gouge, 3/8″ spindle gouge, 1/2″ round-nose scraper, 3/4″ skew with oval shank and 1/8″ parting tool. Made in Sheffield, England.
Limited Quantities! While supplies last!

6 Piece Sorby Turning Tool Set

6 Piece Sorby Turning Tool Set

You can also find new and used Robert Sorby Wood Turning Tools at Woodturner Supply