Carbide Turning Tools

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Project by Redoak49 posted 08-21-2016 07:47 PM 1571 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have started to do some turning projects again and decided I wanted to try the carbide tooling.

I purchased the carbide tips from AZ Carbide and mounted the tips to either 3/8” or 1/2” square steel bars. The handles are made from ash and the ferrules are copper pipe end caps. The most difficult part for me was to create the seat for the carbide cutters. These needed to be flat and doing this was a bit of a challenge. The tips are held on with either 4-40 screws on the 3/8” bars or 6-32 screws for the 1/2” bar.

The carbide tools are very sharp, stay sharp and cut very well.

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#1 posted 08-21-2016 10:20 PM

Looking good!

I never thought of running a set screw into the bar through the handle … pretty smart. Did you also epoxy the shaft in?

Getting the seat for the cutter flat is a challenge … if it isn’t, you can actually break the cutters (don’t ask me how I know!).

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#2 posted 08-21-2016 11:18 PM

I did not use epoxy in the handle. The screws hold it tight. If I make a new bar, I can swap it out.

I filed down the seat and then set my Dremel up as a router with a grinding stone. I made a holder for the bar so I could gradually ” rout” the seat flat. It actually worked well.

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#3 posted 08-22-2016 03:34 AM

Pretty darn nice! I have 40 surplus carbide inserts from my planer that some day will become turning tools, you are right on that the carbide inserts stay sharp for a long time! /Figure my 40 inserts x 4 sides each should last me a few life times!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 08-22-2016 03:45 AM

Nicely crafted on all aspects! metal and woodworking both!

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#5 posted 08-22-2016 10:19 AM

Super nice!!!

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#6 posted 08-27-2016 03:04 AM

Nice job!

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