So this brings me to where I am today. I have acquired a 1949 south bend heavy ten lathe and I completely tore it down and restored it. This allows me to turn the ends of the square stock tools round so it is easier for the user to make a handle for their tools, all the have to do is drill a hole in the handle. Buying the tools un handled keeps the cost down and allows the user to personalize their tools to their liking.
Here’s a couple of pics of the lathe after the restore.
In this pic you can also see my old 1942 burke mill, it is a horizontal and vertical mill. It’s a small knee mill and perfect for my basement shop. Both of my machines are all cast iron and had to be carried down in the basement in pieces and re assembled.
With these 2 tools I can make just about anything. These tools have really brought the quality of my tools way up and decreased the time it takes to machine a tool.
Here’s some pics of the tool square stock turned round.
I call these tool blanks as one end is turned round for the handles but the other end has not been milled to the desired cutter profile yet.
Someone who has made a handle for a square shank tool and had to deal with the sloppy fit will appreciate the ease of just drilling a hole and epoxying the tool into the handle, a much better fit. A small detail that is often overlooked
-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @ woodbarter.com