Oland Tools #1: Make your own Tools

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I was reading “Around the”, when it said it was cheaper to make your own Oland Tools for roughing out bowls. I had a fallen tree, (sycamore) so now I can make a load of bowls (!) for next year. So I reckoned this would be good for the bowls.
So I got some 5/8” cold steel, enough for 2 tools around 15” each.
I drilled out 3/8” on one end, 2” deep, and I drilled and tapped the holes in the side.

I turned the wooden handle, and made a steel handle for the other.

The metal is steadier, but I like the wood.

These are the finished tools!

This is the Oland Tool

The HSS Tool blanks were 1/4”x1/4” x4”

The cost of the tools were €1.50 for the tool blanks, and the cold steel was free.
And the turning of the bowls? Priceless!
I will shown you the bowls when they are done!

-- Jamsie

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#1 posted 1123 days ago

Do you ever encounter that one depth of cut where the transition between tool bit and holder hangs up on the tool rest?

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#2 posted 1123 days ago

The beauty of that tool holder is that you can adjust the cutter in or out to get around the transition bump.
I have been using 1/4”X1/4” cobalt cutters (they were what Northwest Industrial was stocking) and they
hold an edge pretty good, and half the fun is learning the right angle to sharpen them at for the easiest
and smoothest cut. Have not tried them in an Oland tool yet, but should be fun. I should be able to
put the rod in a chuck run it through live center hole, put the drill chuck in my dead center and drill it
without any problem. Thank you for sharing the idea.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 1123 days ago

I’m new at this game! I’m sure it will happen, but not yet. The tool is about 2” long, but after a while it’ll get shorter and shorter, and the transition between the tool bit and holder will get more critical. We’ll wait and see.

-- Jamsie

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#4 posted 1123 days ago

Thanks, Bluepine!
I dd exactly the same thing! I put the rod in a chuck. You won’t have a problem if you take it easy.

-- Jamsie

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#5 posted 1123 days ago

hi jamsie cool idea never thought of making one might try one sometime


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#6 posted 1122 days ago

Have fun Branch! The hardest part is getting the tool blanks. You can’t get them in Ireland.

-- Jamsie

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