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There is no better source of parting and beading tools than The ToolPost

One of the definite advantages of shopping with The ToolPost ( - whether one pays a visit in person to our Didcot showroom/shop, or instead restricts their ordering to online - is our ability to supply even the most specialised wood turning tools, informed by our considerable industry experience, expertise and passion. Such tools that can be overlooked by amateurs, but that are nonetheless indispensable to professionals, include our wide selection of parting and beading tools from leading manufacturers.

The purpose of a parting tool is to part, or cut off a spindle workpiece, while a beading tool's normal use is in externally shaping beads - which are decorative ridges frequently featured on spindles. Parting and beading tools are often considered together and can even be used interchangeably to some extent, with parting tools potentially used to form small beads, while the beading tool can serve as a broad parting tool. However, woodturning enthusiasts appreciate the much greater rigidity offered by the narrow and deep parting tool, compared to the broader and flatter beading tool, which is normally square in cross-section.

Whatever type of parting or beading tool you require as an enthusiast in wood turning, whether a square section beading tool, a standard rectangular cross-section parting tool, a fluted parting tool or a diamond section parting tool, you are sure to find it available here at The ToolPost. Beginners, for example, will certainly be thankful for our rectangular section parting tools, which sit stably on the toolrest. These rectangular section parting tools may have been eclipsed somewhat in recent years by their diamond pattern counterparts, but they remain very much valued, the narrower versions conserving the material of exotic timbers and for box-making, minimising the amount of material removed so that the grain match is preserved.

In terms of popularity, however, the rectangular section parting tools have long given way to diamond section parting tools, which are not only easy to control, but also produce less frictional heat build-up - an important issue for those wood turning with hardwoods, which if overheated, can be susceptible to cracking. These qualities can all be attributed to the diamond cross-section, which significantly reduces friction on the tool's flanks.

Or perhaps you especially value a very clean cut surface for which subsequent cleaning up is not typically needed, and are therefore on the lookout for a fluted parting tool, as produced by Robert Sorby, Crown Tools and Henry Taylor? Also in stock are square cross-section beading tools that make a much more forgiving alternative to the skew chisel for the cutting of beads. We also offer such specialist parting tools as the Ray Key Tapered Parting Tool, described by Ray himself as "a fluted parting tool without the flutes", and the Kip Christensen Parting Tool.

Finally, also stocked is the highly useful Robert Sorby sizing tool. For more information about these tools and other woodturning essentials, simply peruse the website of The ToolPost ( now.

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1997-2010 P. Hemsley.  The information on this website is the copyright property of Peter Hemsley.  Coeur du Bois and The ToolPost are trading styles of Peter Hemsley.  Whilst reasonable efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, no liability can be accepted for errors in this information nor for contingencies arising therefrom.  If you are inexperienced in any aspect of woodworking, we would strongly counsel that you take a course of formal instruction before commencing to practice