This is my absolute favorite tool of the carbide insert tools that I make, next to the hollower. This tool just flat out works! It actually makes roughing fun, you do not have to concentrate on riding a bevel or have any fear of catches. Just keep the tool rest close to the work and crank the speed up as a rough blank comes into round and balance. This thing removes material so fast that I do a no no and wear a glove on my left hand to protect it from the hot chips that was beating my hand. I never touch anything with the gloved hand and I keep it behind the rest, I DO NOT ADVISE ANYONE TO WEAR A GLOVE! The point is that it removes material in a hurry. The handle that I showed in an earlier blog was made entirely with just this one tool. If there is such a thing as a go to tool, this is it for me. It will cut straight in, right, or left. I don’t have to think about angles or riding a bevel, I don’t have to stop and sharpen, just cut and concentrate on the form and shape of the project. I use a slightly curved square cutter with this tool.
These tools are for full size lathes and are quite tough. I make them from 1/2” square stock with at least a 9” or greater tool length not counting the the shank that has been turned round so the end user can easily make a handle for it.
Here you can see how I mark and rough machine back the tool for clearance of the cutter. I hand fit each cutter to each tool so that it is right to me and my standards. I make each tool as if it was going to be mine, I don’t just say that’s good enough. You can also see how they are drilled, tapped, and counter sunk for the cutter mounting screw.
All the tools from this batch rough milled on the ends, they will be ground back for clearance of the carbide cutter.
A closer view of the rough milled end before grinding.
A batch of tools all sanded to 220 and ready to go to the black oxide coater.
Back from the black oxide coater.
How the tips look after they are all done.
The next 2 pics really show how I grind and sand back the tips under the cutter for extra clearance.
The only thing that should touch the wood is the carbide cutter.
I have an idea to improve these tools that I will do in the next batch.
-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @ woodbarter.com