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Carbide Tipped Turning Tool

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Project by Jeremy Greiner posted 02-08-2012 06:00 PM 2504 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my first homemade turning tool using a carbide tip. I want to thank everyone who commented on my blog with different ideas on it. I ended up sticking with the steel tubing and was able to cut away enough to make the tip stick out, and still be stable.

I used some scrap maple and walnut for the handle. I sandwiched together the pieces as suggested by Sylvain which worked out really well. I left the bar in during glue up, almost too long and took a good deal of force to remove it so I could turn the handle.

Once I turned the handle I spread epoxy on the steel bar and pushed it into the handle and let it set. Once set I tried a lot of force and was unable to get the bar to move so I’m pretty sure it’s glued to the handle nice and tight.

The handle is finished with several coats of salad bowl finish (it’s what I had laying around) and a coat of paste wax to smooth it out.

I’m really happy with how this turned out, now to make the square roughing gouge and the diamond shaped detailer.

15$ for the tip, + 3.50$ for the steel tube .. + glue scrap wood etc.. about 20$ for the tool can’t beat that.

-jeremy

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html





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Shanem

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 06:24 PM

Looks good.

I’m also in the process of making one. The handle is next. I was going to make a ferrule out of some copper pipe to clap the handle down tightly on the steel.

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foneman

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#2 posted 02-08-2012 07:26 PM

That looks nice with the laminated handle. Where do you find carbide tips for 15 cents?

john

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Jeremy Greiner

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 07:27 PM

It’s 15 dollars .. my local woodcraft has them they’re replacement tips for the easy wood tools turning tools.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html

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foneman

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 07:30 PM

OK my bad for not paying close enough attention to your posting… thank you

john

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 07:34 PM

Very nice tool ,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 08:22 PM

I have concerns about the rigidty of square tube being unsupported so far out, what is the wall thickness? Of course you may not intend to use it for heavy work.

I prefer my tools to have longer handles, and less pprotusion of the cutting edge. Except for hollow vessels. Please keep us informed of your progress.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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Jeremy Greiner

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 09:07 PM

Ya I’m sure if I run into any problems or come up with any improvements I’ll gladly post them here, in the long run you may be right this won’t last long. But really my woodturning is pretty casual (like once or twice a month if that much) so I’m hoping these will last me a few years at that rate.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html

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Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 02-09-2012 12:49 AM

Nice looking home made tool. I’ll have to try this. Thanks for the idea.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 02-09-2012 12:58 AM

Jeremy – looks good…...have you tried it out yet?

I now have all 3 sets in the shop (diamond, round and square) using CRS stock. Have to turn the handles and go from there. Will post when done.

Nice work.

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Jeremy Greiner

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#10 posted 02-09-2012 01:21 AM

Heya JL7, I actually turned the handle using just the steel tube with the carbide tip attached and it worked out great I look forward to seeing how yours turn out.

I picked up the rest I needed to make the square and diamond tiped ones today and will start on them this weekend most likely.

-jeremy

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html

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#11 posted 02-09-2012 10:25 AM

looks great

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 02-09-2012 03:49 PM

I posted a how-to at Penturners.org … the tips I use now (radiused square) are ~$2.35 each.
http://www.penturners.org/forum/f30/how-carbide-tip-turning-tool-91939/

I love your tool here—its gorgeous.
But, I’m nervous to epoxy the tool into the handle. I tapped/threaded.

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Jeremy Greiner

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#13 posted 02-09-2012 04:15 PM

Hi Joe, that’s a great guide you have there. I like the idea of screwing the rod directly to the handle. I’m pretty confident the epoxy will hold, but if not that’s a great idea.

-jeremy

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html

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#14 posted 02-09-2012 05:26 PM

So by “tubing” , you’re saying that the steel is hollow ? Why not use solid stock ?
Nicely turned handle : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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