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loiblb

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06-03-2016 03:16 PM

For those that have built some of these. I ordered some carbide bits from Captain Eddy. I would like to get ideas on where to get the metal rods. Also how long to make the rod in front of the handle.
Your thoughts on is round rod or square best?
Thanks


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#1 posted 06-03-2016 03:20 PM

Ebay will be your cheapest source for steel rods.
McMaster-Carr is another good option, but will cost more.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 03:43 PM

Square for the rods. Round rods will try to spin and cause a catch. You can use round for round cutters if you like.

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#3 posted 06-03-2016 04:40 PM

Ditto on square stock. I bought low-carbon steel bar stock at my local big box (Menards).

-- 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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jtriggs

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#4 posted 06-03-2016 06:36 PM

I have a local trailer manufacturer that sold me 1/2” bar stock really cheap. 3 feet for less than 4 bucks. I made mine about 8-9 inches beyond the handle and 3-4” 8 inside the handle. They turned out great. See my projects to view.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#5 posted 06-03-2016 09:23 PM

Here is my project for the tools I made with measurement details. While mine are square rods, I’m not so sure round wouldn’t be better. I find I tilt the cutter quite often for more of a shearing cut, reducing tear out. I don’t use mine much anymore. After I learned how to really use a bowl gouge, I found I preferred a gouge to the carbide. Never did get to like the carbide over HSS for spindle work.

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#6 posted 06-03-2016 09:33 PM

Most real hardware stores sell “key stock”. It may also be available at the hardware boutiques such as Lowes or Home Depot.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 06-04-2016 09:32 AM


Most real hardware stores sell “key stock”. It may also be available at the hardware boutiques such as Lowes or Home Depot.

- LeeMills

I used key stock, I found it at tractor supply. 1/2” X 12” was about $5.00

-- Bill R

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#8 posted 06-04-2016 01:35 PM

I went to a local steel supply and fabrication shop and got 3 cutoffs around 24” in length for $5. They came with some sort of primer on them that was very hard to remove. Took an hour between wire wheels and sanding.

I’m going to build two more tools, any thoughts on removing the paint faster?

Sorry to hijack this thread a bit, but if you can get steel without this primer, do so and save some time.

-- Thanks, Marc Sitkin, Harwich, MA

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#9 posted 06-04-2016 02:14 PM


I went to a local steel supply and fabrication shop and got 3 cutoffs around 24” in length for $5. They came with some sort of primer on them that was very hard to remove. Took an hour between wire wheels and sanding.

I m going to build two more tools, any thoughts on removing the paint faster?

Sorry to hijack this thread a bit, but if you can get steel without this primer, do so and save some time.

- marcsitkin

That could have been a zinc plating instead of paint…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#10 posted 06-04-2016 04:06 PM


I went to a local steel supply and fabrication shop and got 3 cutoffs around 24” in length for $5. They came with some sort of primer on them that was very hard to remove. Took an hour between wire wheels and sanding.

I m going to build two more tools, any thoughts on removing the paint faster?

Sorry to hijack this thread a bit, but if you can get steel without this primer, do so and save some time.

- marcsitkin

That could have been a zinc plating instead of paint…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

Thanks Jerry, maybe a plating, but shows no crystal structure. I’m going to put in an electrolytic bath that I use for rust removal and see if it removes the coating. It’s really on there!

-- Thanks, Marc Sitkin, Harwich, MA

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JoeinGa

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#11 posted 06-04-2016 06:12 PM

I’ve been using some 5/8” aluminum barstock for mine. You can see here. (and if you move forward on my blogs you can see the changes I made in handles as I made more.
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http://lumberjocks.com/JoeinGa/blog/54554
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marcsitkin

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#12 posted 06-04-2016 08:27 PM



I ve been using some 5/8” aluminum barstock for mine. You can see here. (and if you move forward on my blogs you can see the changes I made in handles as I made more.
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http://lumberjocks.com/JoeinGa/blog/54554
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- JoeinGa

Hi Joe-

I took a look at your blog and the tools look nice. How do you like using them compared to carbide tipped steel bar? They must be quite a bit lighter.

-- Thanks, Marc Sitkin, Harwich, MA

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Jack Lewis

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#13 posted 06-04-2016 10:46 PM

You should try the shear round cutters. The difference is comparable to gouge.
http://azcarbide.com/product/12mm-round-shear-insert-fits-hunter-4-tool/


For those that have built some of these. I ordered some carbide bits from Captain Eddy. I would like to get ideas on where to get the metal rods. Also how long to make the rod in front of the handle.
Your thoughts on is round rod or square best?
Thanks

- loiblb

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"

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loiblb

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#14 posted 06-06-2016 12:45 AM

There are some great looking tools shown here.

Is there a advantage using aluminum bar stock over steel bar stock?

I see my tool rest has marks from steel turning tools.

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TheDane

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#15 posted 06-06-2016 02:11 AM

I see my tool rest has marks from steel turning tools.

Best way I have found to avoid that is to round the edges of tool shafts so they don’t dig into the tool rest.

-- 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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