Rj's home made Lathe tools

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Project by Rj posted 06-18-2008 11:22 PM 8802 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1ST off I have to say Brian_Havens is a good friend of mine and helped me with the type of Lathe tools to make, he also came up with the idea of making this Type of combo tool-s. Combo tools hold 1/4 and smaller the bits can be reversed = two tools in one .
Combo tools are mainly detail tools = coves, beads,V groves etc.

I still have a hand full to make yet and will be posting them at a later date.
The reason I’m showing these is to show the type of handles I can up with!!

From bottom to the top
small combo = Maple, Padauk ,Purpleheart
large combo= Maple
3/8 point tool= Walnut,Oak
Oland tool= Maple with small birdseye & Curl
1/2 round skew= Maple,Purpleheart
1/4 round skew =Maple ,Walnut
P.S. If you need info on making these tools (Type, Bevel angles Etc..) contact Brian Havens he is an LJs member

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#1 posted 06-19-2008 12:30 AM

What a neat idea!

What type of turning do you do (pens, bowls, etc.)? Do the reversible ones vibrate or chatter much?


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#2 posted 06-19-2008 02:17 AM


You are a man after my own heart. I also make a lot of my own lathe tools. Well done.


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#3 posted 06-19-2008 04:09 AM

pretty awesome tools / handles

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#4 posted 06-19-2008 06:09 AM

Very cool tools!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 06-19-2008 03:16 PM

Love the tool making, keep at it.


-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#6 posted 06-19-2008 05:18 PM

Okay, I’ll bite. On the 1/4” round skew (photo number three) tell us how you laminated the walnut into the maple. Actually, how you were able to evenly slot the maple to receive the walnut… Router and v-block? Carving tools on the lathe? Inquiring minds…

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#7 posted 06-20-2008 04:20 AM

Hi all
Thanks for the complements .
Texasgaloot to answer your question- (actually it made out of Maple, Padauk & Purpleheart.)
I was able to evenly dato the groves by using the indexing function on the lathe with a fluting jig then used a router with an 1/8 inch straight bit then inlayed the strips of wood theres 12 alltogether.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#8 posted 08-02-2008 12:01 AM

Very cool tools!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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