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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 03-04-2013 12:59 PM 918 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2013 12:59 PM

I have a good supply of lathe chisels. There are a few I’d like to try before I buy so I’m considering perhaps joining a club in my town and maybe get to try some hollowers out.

I’ve been looking at some good HSS steel blanks. They say they are M2 – M42 which indicates good high speed steel. They need to have an edge put on them about every 15 minutes or so to keep cutting good. But they are a breeze to sharpen or even change the angle on.

I wondered if any LJ’s make their own chisels and if they had any resources to share.

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

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 02:58 PM

I have made a carbide insert tool which was pretty simple to make. It worked so good that I gave it away. It used a 3/8” steel bar and a four sided carbide insert. I don’t have a picture but might make another, just need to get some more steel bar. The nice part for me was I didn’t need to worry about the metalurgy of the steel bar, just used regular cold rolled steel and let the insert do all the work.

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 08:19 PM

I would like a ¼” HSS round skew for small turnings and finials and have been procrastinating between buying or making one for years.

Bought a set of ¼” HSS unhandled scrappers to replace my homemade allen wrench set many years ago. Make a lot of acorns & ornaments.

Oland & Ellsworth were first HSS tools for larger hollowing often homemade. For small opening hollow forms HSS works great. On large openings lot of sanding required.

Can find lots of info on making both HSS & carbide hollowing tools on the web. Have not seen any carbide hollowing tools for small openings hollow forms or ornaments.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 08:45 PM

Parting tools! I’m not sure why people buy those. Any kind of spring steel works fine. You can also do it Captain Eddy style and use lawn edger blades. In fact, if you want a good resource, check out Captain Eddy’s stuff


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#4 posted 03-05-2013 01:41 AM

I have Capt’n eddie on my youtube channel. I’d just like to make some tools for myself. Who knows I might make a great new scraper or something.

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

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