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My lathe journeys. #49: My aluminum lathe tools, how're they holding up?

10-24-2016 10:30 PM by JoeinGa | 23 comments »

I made my own lathe tools using 5/8” aluminum bar stock. You can see the previous posts about them here….http://lumberjocks.com/JoeinGa/blog/54554 http://lumberjocks.com/JoeinGa/blog/52914..Several folks have asked me how the aluminum has held up as far as getting gouged or bent from banging against the tool rest. So today I took a few pictures. As you can see, there really isn’t much more than surface scuffing on the tooling. I have had some pretty hard catches, but there has been no bending or deep gouges on them either. .... ..There was also some discussion about notching the end of the shaft to keep the bit from rotating. The first tool I made I didn’t ...

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