Oland Tool Handle

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Project by LelandStone posted 05-29-2013 04:14 PM 874 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Handle for a bowl turning tool I’m still learning to use. Osage orange finished with gloss lacquer. The tool’s shaft is cold-rolled 1018 steel, the bit is a re-purposed concrete nail, and the ferrule is made of a scrap plumbing fitting.

-- Leland, OC California

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#1 posted 05-29-2013 08:15 PM

Nice tool. How well does the concrete nail hold up? need sharpening often? I’ve made several of my own lathe handles and cold rolled shafts with carbide cutter heads from global tooling. Their radius corner 14mm cutter heads are sharp, last surprisingly long (I was working with kiln dried walnut and was able to turn 2 bowls roughing to finish before having to rotate to a fresh cutting surface) I was less impressed with the round cutters, not that they dont work but the radius corner cutters really throw some shavings.

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#2 posted 05-29-2013 09:32 PM

Nice tool. It would be interesting to see it in action. I have been using some old HSS drill bit shafts ground in half (flat on one length) with a round cutting edge. Easy to sharpen and very effective cutting for hollow form turnings. They can be mounted straight or on the side.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-03-2013 03:48 PM

Essex, howdy! I don’t have a mileage report yet on the durability of the concrete nail edge, but based on my experience I suspect they’ll be less durable than the carbide blades. The trade off is the ability to get a razor edge on the carbon steel AND the cost of the material. A box of concrete nails, around 50 or more depending on length, runs about 5 bucks US. Thanks for the heads-up on the carbide cutter’s tendency to throw shavings. (I wish! Right now when I turn bowls, the only thing I’m throwing is blanks – right OFF the lathe when my tools catch!)

Mike, thanks for the info on the drill bits—I’ve got tons of ‘em around the shop that were just scrap and now will become repurposed as insert tools!

-- Leland, OC California

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