Home Made Carbide Insert Turning Gouge

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Project by Chris posted 07-15-2012 06:50 PM 2960 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try a carbide insert rougher (but didn’t want to pay too much for the privilege). So I picked up a set of 18 mm inserts from Cap’n Eddie ( ). He has a lot of turning videos on youtube if anyone is interested. Anyway, I got the ½ inch steel bar set up for the cutters and turned a handle from an oak that came down in the back yard a few years ago. The first and last shots are of the completed tool, 2 and 3 are in progress, and 4 and 5 were my first attempt. At first I thought I would rout the ½ inch pocket in two pieces of lumber and glue them together to have a handle with a square hole for the square bar. It looked like it was going to work, but I had routed the channel clear through the length of the handle. I wanted to close up the end and tried to glue a ½ square chunk of lumber in it but I wound up splitting the blank when I drove it in. I was too impatient to do another glue up, so I grabbed this piece of oak instead.

Anyway, thanks for looking,

-- Chris

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 08:50 PM

Well, how did it work? More pictures are needed. It looks great, but…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 09:22 PM

Thanks on the link, Atchison, I fixed the one in the post. Hal, I just finished the tool this afternoon and had to knock off before trying it out (family won that one). I’ll post a comment here when I try it out in the next day or so.

-- Chris

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 02:31 AM

Chris—I just did the same thing (turned my handle out of a piece of hickory) ... works great! Eddie’s carbide inserts are a real bargain, and he is great guy to deal with.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 02:42 AM

Thanks Dane. I completely agree about Eddie.

I did chuck up a hunk of ripped down 2×4 tonight and gave the tool a whirl. I was able to cut very aggressively without any tendency to catch. It did leave a rather rough surface, but I tried with a couple of other gouges that did not improve the finish, so I am thinking it was the pine. I’ll find out more the next time I work a bowl, but I have a few projects ahead of that.

-- Chris

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 01:49 PM

Great to see you making your tools! Capt’n Eddie is great to watch and learn from!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 08:18 PM

Good job!

I like to see DIY tools posted.

I did a similar effort, posted a how-to guide at and here are some picts at

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