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Forum topic by Wildwood posted 09-02-2014 10:03 AM 858 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2014 10:03 AM

Did not want to post this in Carbide-cutter-scraper thread think we beat that to death. Even machinist get confused by all the carbide inserts on the market today. So buying from vendors that cater to what they need ad make rules!

Back in the sixties Gerry Glaser and Peter Chile were setting the turning world on fire with HSS tools and different way to make tools.

A little history

Not sure carbide turning tools even talked about until around late 1990’s. Most of those discussions revolve around router bits and saw blades and adapting turning tools. Can remember many discussions for and against carbide chisels and gouges. Is Joe Rollings (Things Western) first man to install carbide insert to a bar of steel and call it a turning tool?

Mike Hunter, first to have his tools sold by major woodturning venders?

Hard to say when other carbide turning tool makers got in the game selling their tools from their web sites. Sure a lot of them online.

Craig Jackson launched his Easy Wood Tools in 2008 and is carried by all the major vendors too! EWT may win a reward for marketing, and known by young woodturners but many of your older turners prefer to deal with Hunter tools.

JMHO, Joe Rollings may well be first to figure out which carbide inserts to install on a metal bar. He is absolutely right no one has or can obtain a patent on their carbide tools. So buy them or make them yourself.

-- Bill

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#1 posted 09-02-2014 02:37 PM

So buy them or make them yourself.

That is the bottom line … with the exception of the cutters themselves, you can find everything you need to make your own tools at the local home center.

-- 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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