My new carbide tool!

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Joe S.

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I just finished making my first carbide insert tool. The handle is made from Osage Orange (I think), the steel bar is from TSC, and the insert is from Bear Tooth Woods. I KNOW there are problems, but I'm happy I was able to make a useable tool myself. Now for my first tru-stone! (guess what kind:biggrin:)
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The Penguin

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looks like either your handle is too short, or your bar is too long...but it'll work for pens and small turnings.

I wouldn't try to use it on anything large with that short handle on it though.
 

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Very satisfying to make your own tool. I made 2 of them last fall. I smile every time I see them.
Nice job.
 

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Very satisfying to make your own tool. I made 2 of them last fall. I smile every time I see them.
Nice job.
It is! I have plans to make 2 more, 1 round cutter and one 1 diamond cutter. And if I find somewhere with bars of good HSS, I would like to try making a skew chisel.
 

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Good job. May I suggest you find a business that has a welding servive for the steel bar stock. I have used both cold rolled and hot rolled steel and find the cold roll works best. Here in the Indianapolis area we have a business that will sell you as much or as little as you need for $1.75 a foot. I usually get an 8ft piece at a time and use 10" to a foot per tool. I have used 1/2" and 3/8" and like the 3/8" best for pen work. I'm getting better with the tools and in making thm. Have fun with it.
WB
 

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Good job. May I suggest you find a business that has a welding servive for the steel bar stock. I have used both cold rolled and hot rolled steel and find the cold roll works best. Here in the Indianapolis area we have a business that will sell you as much or as little as you need for $1.75 a foot. I usually get an 8ft piece at a time and use 10" to a foot per tool. I have used 1/2" and 3/8" and like the 3/8" best for pen work. I'm getting better with the tools and in making thm. Have fun with it.
WB
Thanks. I got a piece of steel earlier that's 3/8" and I'll try using it for the diamond cutter.
 

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Personally I prefer to use Stainless the for the tools I make but then I have the milling machine and the tooling to do it with,Plus the stainless wont rust and its stronger than bar stock,and finishes a lot nicer
 

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Since this post I've mostly converted to using a skew, but if I were to make another I would use stainless.
 
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