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Old 12-11-2015, 05:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Being fairly new to turning I wanted to try using the carbide tools but didn't want to turn loose of the cash and opted to try making my own. Here are a few photos of what I came up with. Total cost for both tools is less than $40.

24 inches of 1/2' 1018 steel bar stock
2 3/4" copper pipe couplers
Carbide cutters (from Captain Eddie)
10-24 tap and drill bit
A little shop time, some elbow grease and quart of "Want To".

I guess the bottom line is anyone can make these and I can't see the $70-80 commercial made tools working any better.

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Old 12-11-2015, 05:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They look as good as anything else I have seen.
Commerical or home-made....... it is what you do with it that counts.

Now lets see you post a few pictures of the pens you made.
Congrats on your new tools.
It's not "Having what you want" is "Wanting what you have".

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Old 12-11-2015, 06:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Very nice job !! I also make a lot of my own tools because I can custom fit them to my liking. Jim S
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice tools! Hope you put them to good use! :)
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I would be curious if you get any rotation of the cutters during use. The production tools use a tapered shank screw, and a fairly close shoulder on the square cutter, to eliminate rotation. Let us know how they work, thanks.
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Old 12-12-2015, 10:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You've done very well. It's the only way to fly!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i have the exact tools love them did i say i love them , the round one is almost to agresssive but the square is perfect round is roughing tool really sharp tools about all i use..
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Nice going !!!!

What is the correct technical specification for the screws you used , please ?

Do you get those from Cap'n Eddie ?

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Old 12-13-2015, 12:59 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have used keyway stock and it works well too.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I have not had any problems with cutter rotation during use but I did make sure I tightened them securely before I tried to use them. The screws I used came with the cutters I purchased from Captain Eddy.

I have used the tools on wood, acrylic and deer antler. Performance on wood was ok..... jury is still out. Acrylic was so so, they seem to chip the material away rather than cut. Deer antler cut like butter. I have only turned 1 of each and will keep working with them. I suspect they are like any new tool, you have to learn how it works best for your application then use it where it works best for you.

Thanks to everyone for your compliments and feedback. The tools and my turning are both a work in progress.

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