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Old 01-21-2011, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Thumbs up Shop made Carbide tipped turning tools - FORE!

These are two turning tools I made for myself and a friend in our turning club. They are 5/8" x 18" hexagonal stock. I turned the shaft portion of the

The tools are very handy on wood and will remove wood almost too fast!

On acrylics I found them "grabby" and prone to create chip-out. I have more stock and more grips. I think a round one is in the future.

AND; YES those are golf grips used as handles. FORE!





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Very cool. I like your design. For 5/8" stock, did you use a 15mm blade?
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[quote=randyrls;1159360]On acrylics I found them "grabby" and prone to create chip-out. I have more stock and more grips. I think a round one is in the future.
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As someone who makes and sells carbide tools (professionally), the ROUND carbide inserts will certainly be better matched with acrylic blanks. Less of an opportunity to 'catch' with a round as opposed to 'square' inserts. Very nice tool that you have created.
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I suggest the R2 cutter on plastics. Works great for me - so well that I start sanding my homebrew PR blanks with 1000 grit. But, I never got the knack for roughing with the carbide cutter. I rough plastics with a skew using a planing cut, which helps prevent the chipping.
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Very cool. I like your design. For 5/8" stock, did you use a 15mm blade?
No, I believe they are 14mm I made the shaft wide enough so it will not cut on the side. The 5/8" hex stock is measured from flat to flat, so the distance between hexagonal points is about .717"
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Where did you buy your inserts?
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Where did you buy your inserts?
I believe I got them from Peter (Wood-of-1kind) who posted above.

Thanks Peter!

I still have one of the small-ish round inserts and I may try that next on a round shaft.

Look on Ebay for seller joebill1
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I have been using a roughing gouge to turn the bulk off my PR and turn to my rounded skew for detail. But at a club meeting this past Saturday, I had the opportunity to use one of your carbide tools. I stood the blade up at around 60 degrees and sliced the PR off into fine ribbons. It didn't grab for me and I could see where the corner would grab. I may look into getting one with the R2 insert.
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I love the hex bar of my carbide tool. I regularly put it on its side and run it like a skew.
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I love the hex bar of my carbide tool. I regularly put it on its side and run it like a skew.
+1 I have the same tool as Hans and to be able to lay it at an angle like a skew with a SOLID base is absolutely a dream to use. I have the same cutter head on mine and use it one everything I turn. It takes a little getting used to for acrylics but I wouldn't change it for anything else.
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