Negative Rake Lathe Tool

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Project by MJR posted 05-27-2020 11:30 PM 878 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I wanted a negative rake lathe tool for turning acrylics and really hard wood, They’re like $80-$125+ but you can buy a replacement cutter for $15-$20… I’m not cheap when it comes to buy tools but what makes the handle worth all that money? So I bought a cutter and shaped the tip of a 3/8” stainless rod on the grinder, Drilled and tapped it and screwed the cutter on. Then I turned a mahogany handle on my lathe with a tenon for a band and drilled it out. For a band I used a 1/2” brass adapter that I put in the metal lathe, Cut off the male end and drilled it out for the stainless steel. I used JB Weld 5 minute epoxy to put it all together. To see if it was worth it I timed myself… It took me less than 45 minutes. I’m calling it a win… Oh.., And there’s a cigar style pen I made from a Jameson whiskey barrel stave and the top I printed the label and cast it in resin.

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#1 posted 05-28-2020 12:35 AM

how do you get better than that,you made the tool,brilliant and turned a beautiful pen,gorgeous.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 05-28-2020 12:38 AM

Smart, very smart

-- Sandon

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#3 posted 05-28-2020 01:25 AM

Pretty cool, make the tool, make the product and all really nice. Can’t beat that chain of progression. Great job Michael

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 05-28-2020 05:52 AM

Very nice job.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 05-28-2020 12:27 PM

Nice tool Michael and good thinking! I like your Jamieson pen, too!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 05-28-2020 06:05 PM

Thankx All

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#7 posted 05-28-2020 06:07 PM

Thankx Jim, I sell those pens for $50… But I would definitely trade it for your marking tool LOL

Nice tool Michael and good thinking! I like your Jamieson pen, too!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

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