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RussellAP

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496 days ago

I was wondering if any LJ’s have ever found a place to get a reasonable price on some M2 or M4 HSS.

I’d like to get some and grind it to make my own lathe tool(s). I have a design in mind to try and I don’t want to grind on anything I paid high$ for.

So far the best I’ve found is on a 6” piece but I want something about 10 -12 inches long. 1/2”x3/4” will do for the dimensions.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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creamedpossum

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#1 posted 496 days ago

mcmaster-carr has 3/8”x3/4” at 18” long, but they don’t go up to 1/2” thick. it’s item # 9211K82 if you’re interested in looking it up. www.mcmaster.com

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WoodyG

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#2 posted 496 days ago

I buy square stock 1/2” or 9/16” grind a seat at the end and tap a hole for carbide bits to fit…..exactly in…....
Then make a handle and put a mandrell made from copper fittings at the home center. I pay or I did pay $4 for a carbide bit on ebay and about $2 for the copper fittings. Total investment is $15/ or less depending on
what you build? I don’t make things to cut internally for segmented vesells but I think I can do it once I have
to spend big money for a chisel. Neccessity is the mother of my inventive efforts and $150 lathe chisels get me turned on. Hope this helps….if you need a pix I can send you some.

-- WoodyG

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RussellAP

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#3 posted 496 days ago

creamedpossum, it’s impossible to tell if they are selling 18” or 6”. I can beat 6” on that steel. I’d jump at 18” at 183$

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