Carbide Turning Tool

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Project by bobasaurus posted 05-12-2013 09:43 PM 2299 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a carbide turning tool that I completed a while back. I bought the carbide insert from Woodcraft, and fabricated the rest myself. The steel rod was free scrap that I milled a flat into. I then drilled and tapped a hole for the insert screw attachment and ground it to the shape I wanted. The handle is made from some Ash that I glued to make the correct thickness before turning. I cut some brass pipe for the ferrule. Finished with satin wipe-on poly. It has been working well so far… it does best on really dense hardwoods, not so good on softwoods. I plan on using it for tricky hollowing in deep bowls/cups/vessels where a catch would be likely with my bowl gouge. Build pictures here:

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 05-13-2013 12:58 AM

Great job on your turning tool bobasaurus. Your machining skills look great. I have made many tools myself just for the sole purpose of deep hollowing. Looks like your on your way to some deeper turnings. Good luck.

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

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 06:43 AM

Good work ! Good pictures! Thank you for sharing.
I made one with a square TC knife 12×12x1,5mm (a very cheap woodworking standard moulder knife). Problem for me was making a 100% flat surface for the knife. I don,t have a milling machine.


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#3 posted 05-15-2013 05:49 PM

Nice. I’ve made a few turning tools myself, but nothing quite this nice.

Are you sure that’s ash? Doesn’t look porous enough. Looks more like beech to me.

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#4 posted 05-15-2013 07:14 PM

grfrazee, you might be right. The board was labeled “ash” when I bought it, but it does lack the pores of other ash boards I’ve used. It worked about the same, though. Maybe it is beech.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#5 posted 08-12-2013 03:40 AM

very nice work.

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#6 posted 12-29-2016 11:55 PM

Great work, love it!

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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