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P&N Woodturning Tools.
Uniquely Australian.
(Preferred by Professional Australian Woodturner Bruce Bell)

In the 1920's public spirited people in the small Victorian country town of
Maryborough jointly raised the capital to purchase and relocate the P&N
company from its original location in Elsternwick a Melbourne suburb.

The company is now called Patience & Nicholson Aust Pty Ltd, and is
known worldwide for the quality products produced from its Maryborough
and Hamilton factories. The brand name of P&N still lives on the tools,
drill bits and cutting tools produced by a proud Australian Company.

In 1986 P&N first made a limited range of M2 high-speed tools suitable
for woodturning. Over the years this range has expanded to the extensive
range of spindle, bowl and detail gouges, skews, scrapers and parting tools.

As a woodturner I have found these tools to be equal to if not better than
those imported from overseas and represent excellent value for money.
The tools tend to hold their edge a little better than other tools I have used
and are easier to sharpen. Putting it mildly they are Aussie tools
made by Aussies for use on Australian timbers.

As part of their woodturning range Patience & Nicholson Aust Pty Ltd also
make an excellent Super Bowl gouge, long boring drills and drive centres that
will hold in the toughest timbers. The beauty of the Super Bowl gouge is that
it can double as a roughing gouge and large spindle gouge if the need arises.
They also make a range of special tools to order such as deep hollowing tools,
larger size parting tool and slightly different profile longer bowl and spindle gouges.

The raw material is imported from Austria, as the quality standard of the material
is excellent, & high speed steels are not manufactured in Australia in the required
grade & size. Round sizes up to 12mm in diameter arrive in large coils weighing several
hundred kilos, round and square material over 12mm are in bar form in 6 metre lengths.

The raw material is first taken to the preparation area where it is cut to the
required lengths.This process is called blanking.

From the blanking area the blanks go to the grinding and milling area where
the blanks are machined or ground to produce the tool in its raw state.
Things like bevels, flutes and tangs are machined to precision drawings.
After milling the gouges have the flutes hand polished and the tool details
are stamped into the tool at this time.

After milling the tools then go to the heat treatment area where they are
hardened in a heated bath of molten salt using three different temperature stages.
Pre heat temperature is approx. 860deg C, then 1100deg C and a final temperature
of 1200 deg C before being allowed to cool prior to three heat tempering processes
in large tempering ovens. The tools are then checked for quality and hardness using
a Rockwell tester. The P&N range are tempered to a hardness of between
60 and 65 Rockwell depending on the tool and what it is likely to be used for.


From the testing area the tools are then sent to the surface preparation area
where they are either sandblasted to a fine finish or given a black heat treatment for
which the P&N range are well known. From the finish area the tools then go to the
packaging area and on to the warehouse ready for dispatch to the many woodturners
around the world who enjoy using these great tools.

From start to finish it takes 10 to14 days to manufacture a tool to the P&N exacting standard.

A few tips to help to get the best from your high speed steel woodturning tools is to
remember they have not been sharpened in the factory just ground to a shape.
It is up to you as a woodturner to sharpen your tools to the angles that best work for you.
Always sharpen your tools using a white aluminum oxide grinding wheel of 60 grit.
I find that a dry high-speed bench grinder works best for me this is what the factory also
recommends. Also remember if you over heat your tools do not dip them in water, as this
will change the temper of the steel, just allow them to air cool before you use or regrind them.

I usually use my tools straight from the grinder as I find the burr left from grinding cuts
our tough Australian timbers easier than spending time honing an edge on ones tools.
You really only have to touch the tool to the grinder to bring up the burr rather than grind the tool away.

As a professional woodturner I find that the P&N range of tools suits my requirements of
working our Australian timbers equal to or better than one would expect of any tool on the
market in this country.

The range is now being exported to USA and Canada so the news is out that the
Aussies have a great product and the world wants to see what we have to offer.

The range of P&N tools is available form your preferred woodturning supplier in most areas of Australia.

Enquiries for both wholesale and retail supplies in other countries around the world,
please contact me at the address below for more details:

BRUCE BELL WOODTURNING
Post Office Box 7823
Toowoomba Mail Centre Queensland 4352.
Phone /Fax 07 4630 3525

or by e-mail.
 


 
 
 

 

 P&N Woodturning Tools Brochure
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 PRICE LIST
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