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