Easy wood tools has a really great idea, use these carbide cutter heads on your turning tools, stays sharp longer, and when it does dull out just rotate the cutter head. When the full cutter head is dull just swap it out for a new one. To be honest they’re fairly priced for a high quality turning tool.
But for me, it seems like I can buy the cutter head and make myself something cheaper, it won’t be as nice and may not as accurate, but I bet it’d be pretty darn close at a fraction of the cost.
Over the weekend I attempted to use some cold rolled steel, and trill and tap a hole. That didn’t work out so well. today while I was working I thought I’d try using one of those square hallow steel tubes and I couldn’t wait until I was done working to head to lowes and pick one up. I also grabbed some #6-32 oval head screws and some nuts.
When I got home I drilled a hole into the tube and well, not liking the placement, drilled another one on a different side, I really should plan better sometimes. I was able to mount the cutter head onto the steel tube and get it really secure.
Here is a video of me showing the tool, and I do some rough turning on a piece of walnut just to see how well it works. (note: it works awesomely).
So this was a prototype to see if I could make something that would work, and I’d have to say it was pretty successful. Cost of turning tool = $14 cutter head + $5 steel tube + $0.10 for the screw and nut. $19 for a carbide turning tool, not to shabby.
I do want to pretty it up, make a wooden handle, and I want to angle the end so it’s easier to tighten the nut and prevent the tool from hitting the workpiece. I haven’t done a lot of work with steel, how hard is it to cut through it with a hack saw, is it something I’d rather go out to harbor freight and get an angle grinder to do?
I also don’t know how I’m going to get the square tube into a wooden handle, I don’t even have a drill bit long enough to drill something like that, how do people normally make lathe tools? I’m open to suggestions there as well.
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