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Project by PurpLev posted 09-06-2013 01:08 AM 2819 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While not 3, They still stand up to their name.

Made these carbide insert turning tools for a fellow lumberjock that have been there since the early days and been true to the lumberjocks spirit all along.

2 tools, one for rough and general work (square cutter with cambered edge) as well as for convex shapes, and a finishing tool (round cutter) also for concaved shaped.

Tool bar is stainless steel, shaped to take each specific insert and index it at proper position for consistent tool behavior. both tools have the inserts flush with the top of the tool bar which helps minimize lathe banjo height changes as both tools cut on the same center line. tool bar also is shaped to follow insert as well as relieved to allow maximum penetration of cutter to tight areas.

Handles were turned with the handless toolbars and inserts (worked pretty good) out of some mystery block of wood I had which fit the bill in terms of length. shaped to have a comfortable grip with a placement for index finger and thumb in front for easy handling and a flat on the bottom to keep tool from rolling off the table.

All in all these work really well for removing a lot of material quickly and for fine turning to a really clean finished shape.

Thanks for watching,

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 01:25 AM

Great work – Lucky LJ!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 01:48 AM

Very nice!

I assume the ferrules came from the plumbing department?

-- 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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#3 posted 09-06-2013 02:06 AM

Nice job Purp.
I have been using carbide a bit, and it’s great.
Really well done.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 02:09 AM

Imagine my delight when FedEx delivered these beauties to my door! They are truly first-class tools, and only some very time-consuming family matters have prevented me from putting them through their paces.

Here they are again in their new home (really like that flat side to prevent rolling, by the way):

And I have a blank glued up, mounted, and ready to roll:

Talk about a guy who embodies the spirit of Lumberjocks! I just can’t thank you enough, Sharon.

Stay tuned for the final results, fellow LJs!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 04:41 AM

Awesome job. Very unique thumb rest. Good ides for turning.

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

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 08:27 AM

Awesome job and great gift…. Your one of the many people on here that make this place great! These are a work of art! A+++++++++++++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 09-06-2013 10:28 AM

Wow those are beautiful! Great job on them you should be very proud of your work.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#8 posted 09-06-2013 10:38 AM

Beautiful tools, wonderful gesture!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 09-06-2013 11:11 AM

Nicely turned

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 09-06-2013 12:56 PM

What an excellent thing to find in the e-mail notifications this morning! Thanks, Sharon for the nice gesture and the great project. Couldn’t have been for a nicer fellow, too.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 09-06-2013 01:47 PM

Thank you all.

It has been a privilege working on this one and an inspiring cause. Charlie – I am looking forward to seeing that blank turn (pun intended) into something.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 09-06-2013 02:24 PM

Great job, Sharon, and a very good choice of who to send it to!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 09-06-2013 06:45 PM

You are one great LJ guy.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#14 posted 09-06-2013 06:58 PM


Lee – I agree with your assessment regarding “choice” ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 09-07-2013 01:35 AM


This is great all around. The tools are amazing as are your thoughtfulness and generosity. And I agree that Charlie is one of the best of the LJs.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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