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Blog entry by LelandStone posted 427 days ago 803 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think it’s called an “Olund Tool,” made with a soft steel body into which a hardened steel bit is secured. I’ve made this for my lathe, and initial results look promising. I’m still pretty new at this whole turning thing, but it’s (surprise!) addictive. :D

-- Leland, OC Calif., www.safetyshowerbars.com



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#1 posted 427 days ago

Do you have a picture?

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#2 posted 426 days ago

The handle is Osage Orange, the shaft is cold rolled (1018) mild steel, and the bit is a concrete nail forged and heat treated.

The ferrule is a scrap copper plumbing fitting that I had lying around the shop. :)

-- Leland, OC Calif., www.safetyshowerbars.com

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#3 posted 426 days ago

Yes, I do a significant background in blacksmithing, but even so, I’d qualify this as a “basic” project, well within the range of a typical woodworker. Drilling the shaft is actually the most difficult aspect of the entire project, and is made much simpler by the presence of “vee blocks” and a drill press in my shop. It’s possible to jerry rig a vise to drill the round stock, but it’s a pain.

-- Leland, OC Calif., www.safetyshowerbars.com

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