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Project by Julian posted 11-01-2015 10:16 PM 1641 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I use carbide cutting tools on all my turning projects in addition to some traditional HSS tools.
Each carbide tool only costs me about $13 each. I only purchase the cutters and the bar stock.
Carbide cutters are about $10 – $12 (depending on size) and the bar stock (1/2” x 24”L) is $5.
24”L stock gives me 2 pieces. The handles are scrap wood or pipe. I prefer the pipe because it makes the tool
heavier and helps dampen vibrations. I add some hose over the pipe.

-- Julian

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#1 posted 11-01-2015 10:33 PM

Hi Julian, your tools look very professional. Maybe I’ll give that a try some day.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 11-02-2015 02:37 PM

Looks good Julian. I also make my own lathe tools (you can see them in my blogs)

Are the set screws so you can adjust the length, or just the way you hold the stock in the pipe? Also, how do you like that little diamond shaped cutter? I was thinking of trying one, but wanted to hear from someone who uses one first. Looks like it might catch like crazy with that small pointed end ?

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#3 posted 11-02-2015 02:40 PM

Nice looking tools. I don’t do much turning so I was wondering about why the cutter was at an angle on the wooden handled tool?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 11-02-2015 03:08 PM

The set screws just hold the steel in place. The diamond cutter works nicely but has catch easily if you go in to deep. The one cutter is set at a 30 degree angle to give a shearing cut. I saw this done on tools from Hunter Tools. The angle significantly reduces tear out.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 01-22-2016 03:00 PM

This is an awesome idea. Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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