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Handles for my DIY carbide turning tools

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Project by luv2learn posted 12-03-2017 01:33 AM 2235 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going to buy myself some carbide turning tools for Christmas but I was in sticker shock after looking at the prices of a descent set. So, I went on YouTube and after watching several videos of others making their own I decided to give it a try. The handles are turned from 1 /3/8” square stock I had in the shop. They are approximately 13” long. I cut the stock in half, routed a 1/4” x 5” grove down the center of each half for the 1/2” square bar stock, then glued the halves back together and turned the handles. I had some 7/8” dia. copper tubing I used for the Ferrel. The bars are 12” long, 5” is inserted into the handle.

Here is the good news, I spent $4 for each 12” length of bar stock and $8.50 for each carbide cutting bit. So, I have a grand total of $12.50 expenditure for each tool. This set of four tools cost me $50.00. Merry Christmas to me…LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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wcp

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#1 posted 12-03-2017 02:15 AM

Nice job on the lathe tools. I bought some carbide cutter awhile back but have not gotten around to make the tools yet.

wcp

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Breeze73

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#2 posted 12-03-2017 02:25 AM

Nicely done. How did you mill the recess for carbide mounting areas in the bar stock?

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 12-03-2017 03:55 AM

Nice job on those cutters Lee and a matching set too, wow. I received 2 as gifts when I first got started in turning and like you, went ahead and made my own. For some reason making a handle on the lathe for any tool is exciting.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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luv2learn

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#4 posted 12-03-2017 05:32 AM

Thanks wcp.

Breeze73, I experimented removing the metal with a metal cutting wheel in my 4” grinder, I tried the same thing with my Dremmel. I then tried using the abrasive wheel on my bench grinder to remove the metal. I also used my 1” belt sander and 8” disk sander. I finally used some elbow grease and my hacksaw and finished with files. Confused? This was my first attempt so I ended up using a combination of everything mentioned above.

Thanks Dave. I bought enough 1/2” bar stock to make 12 tools. The more I research they types of cutting/shearing bits that are available the more I want to try them out. But first, I will have to give these a go.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Woodwrecker

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#5 posted 12-03-2017 05:53 AM

That was super smart Lee, and they look like they came out great!
That price per tool, is crazy low compared to what you’d pay in the woodshop or online.
And, we both know that you will have extra enjoyment every time you use them, because you made them.
Well done my friend.
I can’t wait to see some of the awesome projects you produce with them.
Merry Christmas !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 12-03-2017 06:45 AM

They all look the same so well done. I see the diamond cutter has an extra thing on the handle.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 12-03-2017 06:45 AM

I have an 1/2” hand held belt sander that would have been perfect for removing the metal luv2learn. May keep that in mind if you do another set. Very nicely done I might add!

-- EdwardNorton

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#8 posted 12-03-2017 12:22 PM

You did a fine job on these carbide insert tools. They are a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 12-03-2017 01:03 PM

Very nice Lee. I bet you’re going to like these! You did a super job on the set!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 12-03-2017 03:01 PM

Rick_M, thanks for the kind words. The extra groove on the handle was “just because”.

Thanks for the tip Ed.

Thanks Charles. I am looking forward to not having to sharpen my turning tools as often.

Thanks Jeff. I’m looking forward to using them.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 12-03-2017 07:41 PM

Lee, looks like you’re going to have to go into business of making these? Ain’t YouTube grand? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 12-03-2017 07:46 PM

Congrats on making a beautiful set of turning tools Lee. Very nice!

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#13 posted 12-03-2017 08:12 PM



That was super smart Lee, and they look like they came out great!
That price per tool, is crazy low compared to what you d pay in the woodshop or online.
And, we both know that you will have extra enjoyment every time you use them, because you made them.
Well done my friend.
I can t wait to see some of the awesome projects you produce with them.
Merry Christmas !

- Woodwrecker


They look super to me; hope you get to enjoy them for decades.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 12-03-2017 10:30 PM

Tom, YouTube is awesome but I will pass on making these a business…LOL!!

waho6o9 & ralbuck – Thanks for the kind words.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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htl

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#15 posted 12-04-2017 12:44 AM

Nice job, I need to build a set and get started turning again.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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