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Forum topic by Karda posted 03-11-2017 07:09 PM 582 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2017 07:09 PM

I am making a carvers mallet, nothing fancy, this is the first item I have ever turned. I was using the parting tool and it got very hot very fast, its a 1/2×1/18 is that normal none of my other tools seem to get hot. Also when the material get towards the center the tool get high. Its seem like the tool is pointing down into the work, how can I part almost to center safely thanks Mike

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#1 posted 03-11-2017 07:34 PM

Hi Mike, When parting a very large piece you need to widen the cut just a little. Move the parting tools sideways just a little to make the cut bigger. With a straight in cut the tool is rubbing the sides of the wood and over heating. When parting you need to lower your tool rest just a little to keep the tool below center. That said, I never use a parting tool unless I want to put some sharp grooves in my work piece. I use a saw blade to part with.

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#2 posted 03-11-2017 08:08 PM

What papadan said but will add. Moving the tool sideways means making the kerf wider, don’t try to move the tool in the wood. When I first started I tried to cut deep without widening the kerf. It is no fun having the blade pulled from the handle and coming back at you after bouncing off a brick wall.

Here is a pretty good video by John Lucas on the parting tool.

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#3 posted 03-12-2017 12:03 AM

thanks, I was able to widen the kerf. I can’t lower the tool rest it is as low as it will go. thanks for the saw suggestion and warning. What do you use an ordinary 8 point at slow speed

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#4 posted 03-12-2017 03:52 PM

Karda, when setting the height on my tool rest, if it’s possible to get to my live center point, I use that as my guide. It works every time i use it. I am surprised that you can’t lower you rest anymore than you stated.

What do you use an ordinary 8 point at slow speed

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#5 posted 03-12-2017 03:57 PM

I am surprised that you can t lower you rest anymore than you stated.
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Don’t be too surprised…

I can lower the tool rest substantially below centerline on my Delta… but on my Powermatic, it drops level to the centerline and that’s as low as it will go. Since I was used to doing like you suggested on the Delta, it’s kind of frustrating on the PM, but I’m getting used to it.

And for the original question – yes, when you hog out material like that, things tend to get a bit hot. At least it does for me :)


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#6 posted 03-12-2017 04:15 PM

the first thing I thought was lower the tool rest but the lowest it will go is to the center line. I’ll just go as far as I can and stop

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