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Forum topic by Karda posted 03-16-2017 02:32 AM 707 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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03-16-2017 02:32 AM

i have a maple chunk that is long enough for a turning tool handle, where can I get a HSS blades thanks


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Nubsnstubs

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#1 posted 03-16-2017 04:28 AM

any industrial metal or tool supplier…......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#2 posted 03-16-2017 05:10 AM

What Jerry said… and there are lots of other sources of raw material that can be used (like MSCDirect, Graingers, even Amazon!). If you do a google search for homemade woodturning tools, you can get lots of alternative ideas/sources – such as old metal files, allen keys, drill bits, etc… A lot of stuff you can find for super cheap at garage sales. Some of my favorite turning tools were made from old screwdrivers. A few weeks ago I made a gouge out of some free 1/2” round steel stock (came from one of those screw in mobile home anchors that go in the ground):

The gouge above works fantastic btw… just think outside the box :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Karda

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#3 posted 03-16-2017 06:12 AM

I wanted to buy HHS bland because that doen’t need to be heat treated. I don’t know if that is something I cam do, I don’t have a forge or a way to heat treat other thank a kitchen oven

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#4 posted 03-16-2017 06:15 AM

I wanted to buy HHS bland because that doen t need to be heat treated. I don t know if that is something I cam do, I don t have a forge or a way to heat treat other thank a kitchen oven
- Karda

I have never heat treated one yet…

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#5 posted 03-16-2017 07:07 AM

Brad, you are an inventive fellow.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 03-16-2017 07:10 AM



I wanted to buy HHS bland because that doen t need to be heat treated. I don t know if that is something I cam do, I don t have a forge or a way to heat treat other thank a kitchen oven
- Karda

HSS hardening is beyond the hobbyist but you can harden steels like O1 or 1084.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 03-16-2017 11:29 AM

What they said ^ :-P

You can treat O1 steel with a simple propane torch, some old oil and a kitchen oven or toaster oven effectively.

On the other hand, HSS is harder to work but doesn’t need to be heat treated.

Brad makes good suggestions. Lots of things like old car springs, old screwdrivers, files, allen wrenches, etc… are made from quality tool steel that’s already appropriately heated and tempered. You can re-shape them with a grinder and as long as you cool often and don’t overheat it and ruin the temper, you won’t need to do any heat treating.

Amazon, eBay and McMaster Carr are all good places to get HSS or O1 blanks.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 03-16-2017 12:41 PM

JMHO, exclude old or new file in your turning tool making! Was good advice when started turning and still good today although people still recommend using them to make scrapers. Rational behind not using files is due to brittleness of the metal.

Rather see you buy unhandled turning tools or inexpensive turning tools from Harbor Freight or Penn State Industries or other places whether just starting out or an old salt. Unless have a special tool for a particular purpose don’t see where you save any money making your own tools.

http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=packard&Category_Code=tools-pn

Years ago made an assortment of scrapers from Allen wrenches. Used them for hollowing out small x-mas ornaments (balls & acorns). All that took was trip to the grinder, locking pliers to hold the wrench, drill bits, and turning my own handles.

I buy HSS bits for my hollowing tools and cut to actual size and grind a bevel. That is not exactly tool making.

-- Bill

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Bill7255

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#9 posted 03-16-2017 01:10 PM

Just buy the Harbor Freight or Benjamin’s Best starter set and reground to what you want. The already have handles. I have reground several of mine into speciality tools.

-- Bill R

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#10 posted 03-16-2017 03:45 PM

The biggest problem with HSS is normally the length. I buy mine from WTTools. Max length is 8” and available in HSS or HSS with 5% cobalt. They don’t always have each type in different sizes. Right now they have 1/2” square with 5% for $15 but do not have the standard HSS which is normally $9.
http://www.wttool.com/index/page/category/category_id/15882/
Tool bits typically only come in round and square. Not much out there for rectangle. You will have to research for round but they will be in “bits”.
http://tool.wttool.com/nav/cat2/ToolBits&Blades/0

Speedy Metals has a wide variety of lots of steels and you can order by the inch. I believe they told me that A2 was ok but D2 was better.
http://www.speedymetals.com/s-59-round.aspx

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#11 posted 03-16-2017 04:45 PM

I bought unhandled tools through a catalog. Several companies sell them.

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Karda

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#12 posted 03-16-2017 05:33 PM

Hi, thanks for your insight, I know that premade tools are less expensive but I like to make things. What stops me from making knifes is I don’t have a forge. Thanks for the resources I’ll check them out

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#13 posted 03-16-2017 05:51 PM

Grizzly sells Sorby un-handled tools … pre-shaped and ground.

All you need to do is come up with a handle and sharpen them.

-- 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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Karda

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#14 posted 03-16-2017 05:52 PM

ok thanks

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