Lathe Cutter Handles

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Lathe Cutter Handles I had been thinking about it for a while and finally decided to give carbide cutters a try on my lathe work. After doing a little research, I bought two 1/2 inch square bars and 9 cutters; 3 square, 3 radius square and 3 circular. All I had to do was make a pair of handles and mount the square bars.
I turned out two 10.5 inch handles from a scrap of 1.5 inch thick walnut, used 3/4 inch copper pipe sleeve as ferules, and (after grinding off the corners on the lower three inches of the bars) bedded the bars into a 5/8 inch hole about three inches deep with epoxy. Now I am ready to try Carbide! It turned out to be a fun and useful project.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 93 days ago

love my carbide set

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 93 days ago

Great looking handles—nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 93 days ago

Nice handles, you’ll love carbide.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 93 days ago

jbschutz, I have these very similar shafts(3/8) waiting to get some handles. Can I ask why you rounded the tang part of the blade to insert it? I would think the the square corners would resist more of the twisting action against the epoxy???

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#5 posted 93 days ago

Good question, Pat, If I had left the corners square, the hole would have had to be drilled larger to insert the bar. By grinding down the corners, I was able to insert the 1/2 in. square bar into a 5/8 hole. I didn’t totally take off the corners….just enough to make it possible to fit into a 5/8 hole. I did think about making the handle in two pieces with half the square bar space taken out of each half…..maybe not a bad idea. The bar would fit snugly…square bar in a square hole. I think this will work with the bar bedded in JB Weld epoxy steel.

-- jbschutz

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#6 posted 93 days ago

Looks like you’ve got a handle on this :-). Seriously the handles look great and you should really enjoy using the Carbide cutters. The don’t take the place of the traditional tools – but they sure in are handy in many applications.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 92 days ago

Nicely turned. They look like they’d be comfy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 92 days ago

I just made a pair of these this weekend, one for me and one for my brother. I had the steel and carbide cutters kicking around in parts drawers, and whipped out the both of them in under an hour. I came away asking myself why I hadn’t done it sooner. I still need a handle, and your design looks nice.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#9 posted 92 days ago

You could consider pinning the square stock through the handle to prevent it from turning or loosening due to vibration.

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#10 posted 91 days ago

Very nice handles. You’re gonna love carbide.

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