Sunday, December 30, 2007

Video Review

Review: Tormek’s new TNT-300 Woodturner’s Instruction Box $24.99

I bought a copy of the Tormek's Woodturner’s Instruction Box from Hartville Tool the other day. Is it worth the $24.99? I think so, especially for a beginning wood turner (like me) or a beginning Tormek user. It’s nicely packaged in a clamshell cardboard box and contains a spiral bound manual (most of which is free on Tormek’s website) and a very nicely done DVD. I have to admit I’m a fan of Jeff Farris. I bought my Tormek from him when he was an "independent" seller of Tormeks. Now he is a Tormek employee/evangelist. He is a very good communicator/instructor and after watching the video, a pretty good craftsman as well. (I have to admit, I wondered if all he could do was sharpen tools, or if he can actually turn wood. He does turn and quite well.)

The video shows how to use each of the Tormek jigs as applied to lathe tools. It also shows how each of the tools are used. This latter feature was the most interesting to me. I’ve watched other lathe videos (I’ll review another time), but this one makes the cuts very easy to see and I found it useful. In fact, I was thinking of selling my copy after watching it once or twice, but I’ll keep it for future reference.

If you are an experienced turner and understand how to use the Tormek jigs, this probably isn't for you. On the other hand, as a Tormek user, I found it useful to watch Mr. Farris set up the jigs and use them.