Carbide Lathe Tool

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Project by Ripthorn posted 08-20-2014 03:48 PM 1899 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My younger brother recently got into turning, so last time he was down here, I rustled up some scrap steel rod and a couple carbide cutters from the metalworking part of the shop and made the shafts. Fast forward a couple months and I finally got my new lathe, so the first project was to make a handle for the carbide tool. This is some scrap mahogany left over from a guitar build. Ferrule is a large brass compression nut that I threaded on to a tenon, then filed round on the lathe. Finish is a couple coats of wipe-on poly with a couple coats of wax. It did not take very long, and I am quite pleased. I really like the shape (so does my 7 year old daughter, so there may be something with the same shape coming for her shortly, no idea what, though).

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

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 12:52 PM

That’s a really nicely formed handle on that tool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 03-10-2015 02:55 AM

very nice, how does it work. I just ordered some cutters to make my own.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 03:06 AM

Maur, it works alright. I was not a wowed by it as I thought I would be, but at the same time, I have not played with the tool rest height like I should. I really should pull it out and give it a second shot.

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

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#4 posted 03-10-2015 08:55 PM

I also ordered cutters. Have the bar prepped, but need the cutters to be sure of where the hole will go.

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