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Forum topic by Lee A. Jesberger posted 01-05-2008 04:05 AM 2837 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee A. Jesberger

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01-05-2008 04:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe tools dental tools tip turned handles







Hi All;

I was on the phone with Karson this morning talking about a new tool he bought for an upcoming project he’s planing. It’s a Foredom carving system. It’s basically a small router which uses small bits.

The shanks on these bits are about an 1/8” in diameter.(actually there are three different sizes, with the 1/8” one being in the middle, I believe).

This lead to a discussion about the drill bits that dentists use. They go through these bits rather quickly, and then throw them out.

These bits, while not sharp enough for working on teeth, they are still plenty sharp for woodworking. If you know a dentist, you may be able to get him / her to save these bits for you. They are high quality bits and will last you a long time. And you can’t beat the price.

I mentioned to Karson that the small pics they use are also pretty handy. I use these for miniature turning tools.

I went on to say I turned matching Walnut handles for my turning tools, including these small dental tools.

Later on in the day I realized that my friend is known to say no picture, didn’t happen.

Fortunately I had my camera in the shop so I was able to take a few shots as evidence.

If you do any small turnings, these tools are very high quality, hold an edge real well, and are very strong. They also are available in many different shapes

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com


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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 01-05-2008 04:28 AM

Those are very handsome. I like the copper tubing ferrules against the walnut. Thanks, Lee for the tip.
Do I really have to go to the Dentist though? <cringing>

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

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#2 posted 01-05-2008 04:48 AM

OK Now I believe you. I see them.

Great job Lee.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 05:04 AM

Hi Douglas;

Mail order buddy!

Happy holidays!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#4 posted 01-05-2008 05:23 AM

I use these every day in my stained glass work. They come in very handy to “pick” up the glass and place in the lead came.

There are many other uses for these small inexpensive helpful tools. As a matter of fact I paid 2.99 at harbor freight for my last set.

I might add one of the few things I got my moneys worth for what I spent.

-- Dusty

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 01-05-2008 06:31 AM

Hi Dusty;

That price is pretty hard to beat!

I appreciate the information. The place I used to get them from went out of business a while back.

Happy New Year.

Lee

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 01-05-2008 06:39 AM

Thanks Lee
I guess it’s about time for a dental check up.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#7 posted 01-05-2008 03:32 PM

Good stuff, Lee. Like the handles.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 01-05-2008 03:59 PM

Lee,

The last time I was at harbor freight they had these. I found them in the glass display case near check out.

They come and go. If I remember the metal set was 7.99 and the green set .299.

With out a doubt, hands down the most inexpensive yet handiest tools I have when I am doing stained glass.

Like you I have found other uses for these tools from time to time.

Priceless!

-- Dusty

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#9 posted 01-05-2008 04:10 PM

I’m with Douglas, I see these and the hair stands up on my neck. I guess it might be different being on the other side of the tools.

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mot

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#10 posted 01-05-2008 05:20 PM

That’s a good idea. Thanks Lee. I know a guy that might have a line of some dental tools.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 01-05-2008 07:38 PM

Tom, My guess is you know two guys that might have that line on tools. But it is a guess.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 01-05-2008 08:42 PM

Dusty;

I started to daydream about all the things those tools in the picture could be used for. I ended up back at working on teeth, so I guess I went “full circle”.

Great resource, thanks.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#13 posted 01-05-2008 09:35 PM

Scares me that there is some back alley Dentist somewhere that is outfitting his tray at Harbor Freight.
It’s amazing the longevity of instilled fear born of some 1950’s hack dentist experiences, even though my current Dentist is quite conscientious and accomplished. Getting me to go is still like (rimshot) pulling teeth.

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

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#14 posted 01-05-2008 09:53 PM

Geez Douglas, you think that’s where the dentist’s buy their tools?

That’s scary.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#15 posted 01-05-2008 10:04 PM

I pretty sure the lot of them get their instruments at the accepted vendors. But I’ll be willing to wager there is someone out there that does teeth and reads palms, etc. who gets the goods at HF. =:^•

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

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