hi guys, i just bought a jet lathe of crag’s list .lathe runs good ,come with couple cheap turning tools. so i went to woodcraft to buy some carbide blade to make this set . the steel square rod is 1/2 by 1/2 inch by 18 inch long. handle is made from curly maple, the handle is inch & half by 15 inch long, i cut 5/16 slot deep by 7/16 inch wide in each half of the wood (made it easy when you assemble them together) then glue them together.
since there is square hole in the center of the wood i can’t find the center, so i glue a paper on the end and mark the center. on the tailstock of the lathe the bit has a center point & outer ring. the outer ring is the one that holds the handle on the lathe. the best way to assemble the square rod in to the handle is by using a pipe clamp ,put a scrap wood on the butt end of the handle & a scrap wood on the carbide tip end of the rod.turn the handle, the carbide will dig in to the wood until it meets the steel rod and push the rod in to the handle. i use 1 inch copper pipe for the top end of the handle finished the handle with 4 coats of lacquer. cost me about $25.00 per pcs.
had a lot of fun making is set.