|Project by TheDane||posted 11-25-2011 10:40 PM||1986 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
I decided to try my hand at making some of my own turning tools, so I made a pyramid tool, and a chatter tool.
The pyramid tool is a shear scraper which can also be used to do beads and coves, while the chatter tool is used to put a texture in end-grain turnings.
The handles are red oak with several coats of wax, the ferrules are copper pipe couplers (from the plumbing department at the big box), and the steel rods are 1/2” stock (from the hardware department at the big box).
The pyramid tool actually has 3 facets, each side being ground to 50-degrees from the center point. The material in the rod isn’t HSS (I’m not sure what they sell at Menards), but I suspect it is more akin to mild steel and may take more frequent grinding to maintain an edge. Time will tell. People who use them say they are more forgiving and are less prone to catches. Time will tell on that, too.
I made the chatter tools so the ‘blade’ can be easily changed. I ground the teeth off a hacksaw blade for the first effort … some of the guys in my turning club have made similar tools using reciprocal saw demo blades used pieces of a hacksaw blades.
The last photo shows some of the beads done with the pyramid tool … I plan to use the chatter tool on the lids of some boxes that are in the planning stages.
Oh … and the captive ring in the last picture was done with a 1/4” captive ring tool. It just happened to be on the only thing I had that was round in the shop at the time I was making these tools.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"