When I started turning wood I wanted to get myself a “versatile” turning kit that would fit my budget and “small projects” needs – so I got the mini turning set set with the aluminum handle and replaceable HSS cutters. it’s been working out OK- no real complaints, other than it’s small, so you can’t really extend the tools to your body for controlling the action with your entire body for smooth and precise cuts as easily as you could with a full sized handle (the handle being small results in more wrist control than body control). so I was on the lookout for a larger turning set for a while now…
with the spreading acceptance of carbide turning tools, I decided to jump on that wagon and make some and give it a try to see how it compares with HSS tools. I have no problems grinding and sharpening tools, so being able to make my own tools on the cheap was the big drive here.For starters I made a set of 3 tools, one for each cutter profile as follow:
- Radius Square – for rough and general work
- Round – for finishing
- Diamond – for detailing and access to tight areas.
And made 1 handle for it (for now… need to make 2 more obviously) out of a piece of rosewood that seemed to have fit the bill in terms of sizing:
For now this will be friction fit, and if it works well, I’ll epoxy the stainless steel shafts into the handles.
Next, I’ll be running some test cuts on an upcoming project to see how they behave (father and daughter nutcracker build) and will report with findings.
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.