Carbide turning tools with jarrah handles

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Project by Paul Jenkins posted 12-21-2014 05:07 PM 1050 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think this conforms to the project posting rules, as there is a heavy wood component to it.

My wife is a big fan of carbide turning tools, but they’re expensive. In Australia, $200+ for the full size things. While it cost me a bit of elbow grease and time, the actual components (cutter/screw/metal/wood/ferule) set me back closer to $20. I spent a bit more than that getting the tooling (tap, drill bit, epoxy, cutting fluid) but they’re all reusable. Factoring it all in with how many cutters I bought, metal lengths, etc the “worst case” per tool is $50.

And it gets better – traditional 7th year wedding anniversary gift is copper, so I got away with making her the chisels thanks to the copper ferule!

You can watch the project video on youtube

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#1 posted 12-21-2014 07:02 PM

No doubt about it … these certainly qualify as a woodworking project!

Nice job on the handles!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 12-22-2014 02:23 AM

Making carbide turning tools is definitely worth the time. Big savings.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 12-22-2014 03:43 PM

I’m just getting ready to do this myself. Great job on yours. I already really like the video editing.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#4 posted 12-22-2014 09:02 PM

@ToddJB Thanks. Video (both recording and editing) isn’t something that comes naturally to me (after all, they say I have a face for radio and a voice for newspaper) so some positive feedback is always awesome.

@TheDane Thanks – being my first post I wasn’t sure if there was a cutoff for percentage-of-wood in a project ;)

@Julian at 10% the cost of the brand name ones, the wife how now requested a full range of sizes and species. I’m not sure I’ve done myself any favours, but hey, at least I don’t have to worry about sleeping on the couch for awhile ;)

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