Since I decided I wanted to turn, I’ve learned how to use a variety of tools. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert at any of them, but I’m learning. I’m also learning what I like and what I don’t like. For example, I don’t like my parting tool. The tool I have works great. I don’t like it because it removes too much material. You see, a lot of times I’m already limited on how thick the material is when I start. I don’t want to have to account for, or have to remove, as much as my parting tool takes. To me, it’s just sort of a waste.
This I guess wouldn’t bother some people, but I am a wood hoarder and want to save those little pieces of my better woods to do other things with. I have seen these thin parting tools in catalogues and online and thought to myself that these would be the way to go. I just had an idea that I’d like them better. There is a problem though. Money is tight. Lately, when I do get the opportunity to spend some money, I prefer to get other things besides tools that I may or may not like.
Then I seen this video by Captain Eddie. He shows how to make a very similar tool using a reciprocating saw blade. Everyone knows I would always prefer to make my own tools when I can anyway, so I just had to make one of these as soon as I got the chance.
I made mine a tad different than Captain Eddies, but the same principle. I handled the blade part just as he showed in the video. However, I did drill holes through the blade. If you don’t have some very good drill bits to cut through a blade like this, he shows in the video how to make it without drilling holes through it. It take good sharp bits, and drilling oil to cut through these type blades without burning your drill bits up. Also, I turned a round handle for mine instead of the style he shows. It all works on the same principle though.
I think it looks good. Some of you may be asking about now though, William, who cares how it looks, does it work good?
It works GREAT!
This was just a piece of scrap I pulled out of the fire wood pile to test my new tool on. I turned it round. Then, as you can see, I went almost through it in several places, and then completely through it, remounted, and through it again. I was just playing around to make sure it was worth the little bit of work I put into it. Based on the prices I seen for thin parting tools, it was well worth the trouble.
So now I know I like the thin parting tool better than the two other, thicker, parting tools I own. However, why would I buy one? I made one.
If any of you would like to see some of Captain Eddie’s videos, here is a link to his YouTube channel. Go check his videos out. He offers a lot of tips, advice, and enough humor thrown in that it’s always a pleasure to watch.