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Project by Rick M. posted 323 days ago 1588 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maple handles, 1/2” round bar, copper ferrule, carbide cutters.
Maple handles sanded to 320 and finished with shellac.
Copper sanded to 2000, buffed, then sprayed with shellac.
Cost was around $11 each.

If I do this again, I will use aluminum square bar stock instead of steel.

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THOMRIDER

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#1 posted 323 days ago

Excellent job Rick. Probably a lot less expensive than purchasing.

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lew

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#2 posted 323 days ago

Nice Job!!
Will aluminum be strong enough?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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BBF

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#3 posted 323 days ago

Nice job just remember there is a reason that they don’t make saw blades out of aluminum.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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Rick M.

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#4 posted 323 days ago

Should have mentioned, cost was around $11 each.

Aluminum should be plenty strong enough. I’m pretty sure my EWTs are Al, they are definitely too light for steel.

@BBF, these aren’t saw blades.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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kdc68

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#5 posted 323 days ago

Great look adding the copper in the handles…nicely done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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lew

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#6 posted 323 days ago

You’re right! Just checked my mini EWT finisher and it is aluminum.

I guess if they can make car engines, airplanes and scuba tanks from aluminum, turning tools should be no problem!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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JoeinGa

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#7 posted 323 days ago

Plus if the tool should “snag”... aluminum would BEND where the steel might just take your arm off with it.

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 323 days ago

Awesome job Rick. They look identical, almost store bought. What is your handle length and total length?

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

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Woodbridge

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#9 posted 323 days ago

great looking lathe tools.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Rick M.

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#10 posted 323 days ago

Thanks everyone, my wife thought they were store bought when she first saw them.

doubleDD, uh, not sure, I never bothered to measure them. The steel bar extends ~9” and I’d guess the handle is another 10”. I had a perfect piece of maple and that’s how long it was. One handle is a shade darker but otherwise they are very similar. Once I got the 2nd roughed out I marked it off in 1” intervals and used a parting tool and calipers to set the width at each mark then just blended it in. For future duplicating I’m going to make some lathe fingers someone posted about in another thread.

What I really want to make is a carbide parting tool. I’ve seen them made from old circular saw blades but I don’t have a tool to cut steel that thick (other than a hacksaw).

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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SPalm

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#11 posted 323 days ago

Very nice Rick.
I bought two bars from Cap’n Eddie and they are really rough. These look so much better.

Good job,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Hammerthumb

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#12 posted 322 days ago

You make me laugh Rick! When my wife sees a new tool she always asks “When did you buy this?” Don’t know if I can get away with “I made it” with the new compressor I bought though. Great job. They do look store bought!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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