|Project by Ken90712||posted 04-28-2016 01:13 PM||1600 views||0 times favorited||20 comments|
I’m pretty new to the wood lathe & turning. I’ve always wanted to do this and thus far having a blast learning. I bought a set of Robert Sorby chesils for my starter set by the recommendations from the veterans on here. Then came the D – Way tools M42 chesils… ( oh my ). I bought 3 w/o handles. Figured I could make my own.
I heard mixed reviews about carbide cutters and what turners thought of them. So I bought a square one and tried it to see what I thought of them. I get why the traditional turners don’t care for them. However with that said, I also understand why us beginners like them as well. User friendly for us rookies.
I bought 3 round, 3 square and 3 diamond carbides from Captian Eddie as recommended on here. Great price, nice guy but shipping took over 2 weeks, very frustrating.
I made the tool handle rods of drill bit steel. The very first carbide cutter tool I made I used a square bar and didn’t care for that personally. I cut the ends of the drill rod down on a Bridgeport and threaded them for 10-32’s. The diamond one was a little trickier. Cut the Ferrarl on metal lathe and threaded a set screw in. 1 1/8 dia, 1 inch hole bore 1 inch down. 2 inch length. Epoxied on the tennons.
The handles are made of hard maple. I have experimented with different styles of handles. I found early on that I like tools with textured handles not smooth ones for better grip and feel. I have started messaging with patterns and celtic knot ideas. 1/2 way there on these handles. Lol. Finished with friction finished after sanding to 600 grit. Only on failure on the handles it broke apart. Live and learn.
I’m new to turning and love it, all comments welcome and encouraged. I want to learn, so please don’t hold back.
Thx for looking.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"