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Project by JasonWagner posted 03-07-2021 10:31 PM 933 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have my grandfather’s lathe from around 1962. I have a bunch of tools but no slow speed grinder. I tried to sharpen the tools with diamond stones and they work OK. Then I saw the carbide tools but didn’t want to spend $120 a piece for new tools. I bought the carbide inserts for $15 a piece. I had stainless rods lying around and used some thicker maple I had from a primitive cutting board. I wasn’t sure how I was going to drill deep 1/2” holes acutely so I routed the wood before hand and then exposed the hole after turning. I really wish I had a live tailstock. I did the black lines by making a small groove and then pushing a wire in until it smoked as I saw someone else do. The ferrules are a connection piece from the plumbing section. The biggest pain was drilling and tapping the holes for the inserts. Two broken drill bits and two broken taps later I got the second one finished. They work pretty well.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!





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Eric

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#1 posted 03-07-2021 11:56 PM

Looking good.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 03-08-2021 12:13 AM

Nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 03-08-2021 02:14 AM

man those are some pretty damn good looking tools my friend.hey a lot of turners frown on carbide but just starting out im digging em.so much easier to use,and i say whatever gets the job done is good with me.

-- 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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#4 posted 03-08-2021 02:24 AM

Pretty smart about the pre-routing!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 03-08-2021 02:59 PM

Great job. You can’t get much better than having them look terrific and work well too.

Question: At the ends of the rods, where the inserts attach, it looks like the rods are cut in half for about an inch. How did you go about doing that?

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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JasonWagner

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#6 posted 03-08-2021 04:11 PM

Pottz, I agree and no one could tell what tool was used to make a finished product.

Jim, I used an angle grinder at first, but then after breaking the bits and taps I was concerned about the heat hardening the steel. I just used a hacksaw and then cleaned up the slots with a file. Drilling and tapping didn’t prove to be any easier though.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#7 posted 03-08-2021 10:52 PM

Beaut job Jason. Really like the shape you put on the handles. SS is a bitch at best. Cobalt bits for drilling and I think it’s Titanium for the tap. Either way. Home made tools rock.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 03-09-2021 12:29 AM

Jason… goes to show, sometimes you just have to pick up a hacksaw to get the job done. Thx for the reply.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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#9 posted 03-09-2021 02:14 AM

You did a bang up job Jason! They’re beautiful. Stainless steel can be tough to work with. But it looks like you’ve learned quite a bit during the making of these tools. Love that lathe by the way.

-- Doug

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 03-09-2021 04:39 AM

Darn good looking tools Jason, that’s the way to go. I use mine mostly for hogging off material these days but they work great for other things too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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oldrivers

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#11 posted 03-09-2021 01:03 PM

Looks as though you gig a super job making your new tools.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 03-09-2021 05:22 PM

You can find a decent live center on Ali Express that is inexpensive. I have purchased several items for my lathe from them and I have been happy with them. You just have to be patient to wait for the delivery.

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#13 posted 03-09-2021 05:46 PM

Live centers aren’t too expensive on Amazon either. The problem is I haven’t done the research as to what will fit my old lathe. The tailstock is slotted and not just if it’s a current Morse taper would work.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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Rich_LI

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#14 posted 03-11-2021 09:17 PM

I made some as well, had mine a few years, I am now on my second set of inserts

-- Rich LI, Life is short, buy more tools !

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#15 posted 03-11-2021 09:19 PM

Nice Rich! Did you try to sharpen the original inserts?

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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