home made turning tools

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 02-18-2009 01:48 AM 4900 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a turning tool that I made especially for small hollow forms, bird houses and Christmas ornaments. I picked up the steel from Tractor Supply. It was roughed out on a metal cutting band saw and then shaped using rasps and files. The tip where the cutter sits was drilled at a 30 degree angle and then tapped to take the screw that holds the cutter on. From that point I polished the piece through several grits of sandpaper on a belt sander and used a small dremel tool to polish the curves up. The cutter that will be used is a #1 Hunter carbide cutter that does not need to be sharpened or lapped – when it gets dull you loosen the screw and rotate just a little and you have a fresh cutting surface. I will spray with a lacquer finish when completed. A fellow woodturner – John Lucas was the inspiration behind this.

I will turn a handle from a piece of hard maple and use a brass plumbing fitting for the ferrule. With this tool it will be possible to reach into small openings (3/8’ diameter) and hollow out the turned piece. I will post a photo of the handle.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 02-18-2009 01:56 AM

Nice to make your own tools. Looks like a great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 02-18-2009 02:50 AM

good looking tool
I love using a tool I’ve made myself -

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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#3 posted 02-18-2009 03:23 AM

Great looking tool. I’d like to to the final results with the blade and handle. I agree with Karson and CaptnA. I have made a couple of turning tools and have a couple more that I want to make. I will post them when I can get back to the shop.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 02-18-2009 06:29 PM

Very neat. Keep us posted on your use of it.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 04-27-2009 04:11 PM

Great tool ,here in peru every one make their own ,no tools for turning at all ,even lathes you have to make your self,files is the common things around here

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