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.
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