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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 10-20-2014 09:45 PM 2833 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the last couple months I have been making some new Turning tools. I have only worked on them
when I have had spare time. Making this project seem as if it would never end. But I finally finished these ones today.

I have used only material I had in my shop up to this point. I do want to make a couple more, 1 of the detail tools the carbide is a slender diamond. The cutters I have used so far are replacement cutters for my planer, shaper, and a 4” X 4” high insert cutter I use on my shaper for template work.
These cutters are 14 X 14 mm, I used these cutters for both the square end tool, and also the one I made
set as a square diamond. The other insert cutter is 15 X 15 mm with a 4” radius.
I also made a roughing gouge, I used 1 1/4” steel pipe split down the middle with a tang cut on the end and inserted into the new handles.
The 3 I made with inserts I tried both square and round stock then ground a recess in the end for the cutters to set in and keep them from turning.

I really like the way the carbide insert cutters worked out and the Gouge is not bad either

Thanks for looking, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 10-21-2014 12:39 AM

Thanks for sharing!...I may well try this out myself. :-)

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 07:04 AM

Nice tools. Thank you for scharing. I also made one turning tool by my self. Also with TC knives 14×14.


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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 10:50 AM

Nice handy tools. Great matching handles!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-21-2014 03:08 PM

Beautifully handled tools, Todd! Walnut, maple and cherry? How did you harden the pipe gouge? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 10-21-2014 04:36 PM

Wow, you even made the gouge. That is impressive. What kind of steel is the pipe made from? Did you perform any heat treatment on it?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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Todd Swartwood

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#6 posted 10-21-2014 10:33 PM

Candy, You are close Walnut, Maple, and Teak.
I was going to heat treat the gouge and most likely will.
However after I wheeled my torches to where I was working, I found I had no oxygen. I loaned my torches to my neighbor a while back and found the oxygen valve was not closed all the way. I will pick up some oxygen next time I get a chance.

Allen, It was a piece of steel tubing I bought for something, had the piece left over in a scrap bin.

After almost 40 years of woodworking Thought I would try turning a little more. Thought I should have some nice turning tools.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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