homemade carbide turning tool

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Project by sungy posted 09-22-2013 05:05 AM 4682 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 09-22-2013 05:07 AM

They look really nice. How well do they work for you?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 05:26 AM

they work really good, made couple projects with this set, the blade still very sharp.

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#3 posted 09-22-2013 05:27 AM


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 09-22-2013 05:50 AM

excellent turning set, very like it, want to build same one myself, would you please give a link the blade that you bought it from woodcraft? (1/2×1/2×18”).

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#5 posted 09-22-2013 12:51 PM

you can buy these on amazon .com also under carbide turning tools.
captain eddie from sells steel rod with the carbide bits as a package also.

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 01:25 PM

Look nice! Great idea. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 03:23 PM

Nice work, I have been making some homemade chesils and its been alot of fun I need to get back to finishing them. One day when I get a lathe, I will def give this a try. Hope mine come out this well. Great Job!

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

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 03:27 PM

Now you show me this after I have bought several of these tools!! Don’t have the detail cutter, so now I am going to have to make me one. Excellent! Thank you for sharing.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#9 posted 09-22-2013 03:58 PM

Sweet lathe tools. How do make the diamond shaped cutout.


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#10 posted 09-22-2013 06:02 PM

Very nice work. I built one myself a while back and use it occasionally for dense woods and brass.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#11 posted 09-22-2013 06:18 PM

Awesome job…love the turned handles….can’t wait till I get my lathe, should have it in a week or two.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 12:47 PM

look great!!

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 10:27 PM

thank you all for the comments. sorry rick m. for not answer sooner the diamond shaped was done on the milling press.thanks again

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#14 posted 09-25-2013 04:27 PM

Great looking tools! Like the wood and finish on those pretty turned handles. Great job!

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