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10-07-2013 at 07:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe

These were in a box of old lathe tools I bought and were ground from old Buck Bros tools. They work okay as scrapers but not as skews.

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#1 posted 10-07-2013 at 08:29 PM

they look like parting tools to me

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#2 posted 10-07-2013 at 08:30 PM

Me too…

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#3 posted 10-07-2013 at 09:36 PM

Me three.

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#4 posted 10-07-2013 at 09:37 PM

Never seen a slanted parting tool. I can give it a try to see if they work that way but I don’t believe they will.

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#5 posted 10-07-2013 at 09:41 PM

Try it and see what happens. Let us know.

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#6 posted 10-08-2013 at 03:29 AM

They look like scrapers for tight detailed areas to me. Probably a custom grind job

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#7 posted 10-08-2013 at 05:47 AM

The smaller one looks like a parting tool that’s been ground into a diamond tip tool. I’m not familiar with how it’s used. You could regrind it so that it could be used as a parting tool.

The larger one is ground the same way. As ThomRider indicated, I suspect they were both used as scrapers so as to get detail.

In my opinion, you can get better shaped and more crisp detail with a spindle or detail gouge. I would repurpose the smaller one as a parting tool, and use the larger one as a scraper to get square inside corners in hollowing work; like turned boxes.

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#8 posted 10-08-2013 at 06:08 AM

To me they look like homemade versions of Ray Key’s Dual Angle Shear scrapers.
With those bevels they certainly are not parting tools, but scrapers for the finishing cuts.

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#9 posted 10-08-2013 at 06:28 AM

Looks like those tools modified for use as a shear point scraper, dove tail tool or diamond parting tool.

Check out crafts supply catalog and will see what each one of tools I mention, hence my opinion your tools modified!

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#10 posted 10-08-2013 at 06:35 AM

most likely custom ground scrapers for a specific shape/turning the previous owner was fond of or used often in his turnings.

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#11 posted 10-08-2013 at 07:01 AM

Could they be for cutting dovetail tenons? Some guys re-grind skews to match the shape of their chuck’s dovetail jaws … maybe this is a shop-made variant of that?

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#12 posted 10-08-2013 at 07:07 AM

“V” Scrapers

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#13 posted 10-08-2013 at 07:23 AM

It might be home-made, but then it might not. I don’t think mine is and it looks just like those but bigger:

The color difference is just where I tried to sand away some of the protective varnish a previous owner had slapped all over it. The shape is the exact same. It’s 5/16” thick, 1-5/16th” wide. I can’t read the mark but it is a sideways diamond to the left of WORKS and what might be C&H. It is too big for parting anything smaller than a baseball bat, sucks at cutting like a skew, and is just a mediocre scraper. Based on its age, if it is to be used as a shear scraper then Ray Key “borrowed” a design from about 50 years ago. I haven’t found what it’s real purpose is so it’s been sitting in the scrap metal bin waiting until I find a need.

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#14 posted 10-08-2013 at 11:02 AM

I don’t see myself using these as-is, I have carbide diamond, square, and round scrapers, and a steel bull nose scraper.

They are carbon steel and I already have a carbon steel parting tool, it gets really hot and dulls quickly. The small one might make a useful beading tool. I have a few beading tools made from files but they are really hard and difficult to sharpen. The large would make a decent scraper or maybe even a decent skew.

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#15 posted 10-08-2013 at 12:28 PM

Rick, my M-2 HSS parting tools het hot enough to burn wood, I do not get them that hot re-sharpening!

Bottom line, all turning tools generate heat in use, and need re-sharpening regardless of steel use to make them.

Now if run out and buy this machine can sharpen those carbide steel cutters too!
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