Heres some pics of the mid size round tool that I make. Same as the others, 3/8 square 1045 steel bar stock and black oxide coated to protect it and just because I think it looks cool.
How they look after machining the pockets and grinding the tips round and beveling for clearance.
How I like to angle them back so I can reach right in with the cutting edge and not rub the tool, and yet the cutter still has good support.
As with all the tools I have made, I hand fit each cutter to each tool, I make sure there is clearance of the carbide so the edges don’t get chipped when they are tightened down.
Here’s a batch of the mid size roughers ready for black oxide that I forgot to post.
This gives a good idea of the length of the tools, these where a little long, I have been shooting for about 7” in tool length not counting the round part for the handle.
Sanding the tools as I do really pays of in how they look when I get them back from black oxide. Nice and smooth.
Again, good clearance so you can sweep the tool from side to side and not rub the shank, just the cutter will make contact. Tools that I am proud to own and use, I think they are good looking and they do work very well.
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