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wood tick tools #2: In the begining

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Blog entry by woodtickgreg posted 200 days ago 667 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: a blog series about my tool making starting with my logo Part 2 of wood tick tools series Part 3: The handle how to. »

This is one of the very first carbide insert tools I ever made. I had purchased a square rougher to try out and I was immediately sold on the concept. The thing that I like about the carbide insert tools was I did not have to concentrate on riding the bevel. Also no catches or very minimal catches, just turn, no trips to the grinder to sharpen, and the tool rest takes all the beating when roughing. I liked the tool so much for roughing that I said hey, I can make tools like these and so the journey began. The first tool I made for my self was this full size rougher in 1/2” stainless 304 steel. I just made this with my drill press and a cross slide vise. The tool looks great and works just as well, but boy was that stainless a bear to work with, tough to drill and tap. I made a few of these for friends and sold a few. This was really the tool that gave me my start. I have made some design changes to the tool since then. I even did a how to build on this tool to show others how I did it with just a drill press. Since then I have acquired and restored a 1949 south bend lathe and a 1942 Burke #4 mill that I use to make my tools now. These 2 tools really helped to improve my designs and quality of my tools.

-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @ woodbarter.com



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#1 posted 199 days ago

Greg, I’ve read through all five of the blog posts you’ve posted so far. Fantastic! I’m enjoying it.

Got a link to where you show how to make the tool with just a drill press? Is it over at WB? I’m sure that’s something I’d enjoy looking at too.

-- Matt

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#2 posted 199 days ago

Matt, thanks, it is at wb, I think it’s called carbide insert chisel build. Maybe do a search of my threads there.

-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @ woodbarter.com

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#3 posted 199 days ago

Matt, I don’t know if this is the link or not, but this is where it’s at.
http://woodbarter.com/threads/carbide-insert-chisel-build.778/#post-6275
The whole purpose of that thread was to show people that they can make their own tools with some basic tools. That thread was done a long time ago before the new site software upgrade so all the pics come up as thumbnails. Still a cool read though.

-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @ woodbarter.com

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#4 posted 198 days ago

Thanks for the link, Greg! That’s really cool, and it makes me think that I might be able to try building a tool myself sometime. Looks like end mills can be found on Amazon for decent prices. Or I might see if my dad has any laying around I could borrow (to go with the small mill he’s just got laying around collecting dust.) Just gotta find a source for reasonably priced steel.

-- Matt

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