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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 02-06-2022 05:27 PM 1076 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Named for Knud Oland, the Oland Tool sounded like a handy thing to have in my shop, so I set out to make one.

It’s a standard turned handle, with a ⅝” diameter mild steel rod epoxied into it, which has a ⅜” hole drilled in it (11/32 would be better, and is what I’ll do next time) with a couple holes tapped for 10-32 set screws near the tip. The actual cutting tip is a 6mm square, 100mm long M42 HSS bit. I ground a thumbnail-shaped scraper/bedan-style tip on one end, and a hooked curve on the other end, which proved useful for hollowing a donut, especially the bits on the half closer to the faceplate before I parted it off. Switching tools is just loosening the set screws and flipping the bit around.

Using the 1018 instead of HSS for the bulk of the shaft cut the cost to about ⅓ of what my bedans cost me for parts, but it increased the labor. Seems an okay trade off for a retired guy.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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Eric

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#1 posted 02-06-2022 05:50 PM

That is a good article you referenced to. The tool looks good also. I may have to venture into making some of my own. In the lines of some carbide tips. My sharpening skills are not the greatest.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#2 posted 02-06-2022 06:28 PM

Nice tool make, it’ll do what you want it go do. That’s the beauty of making a tool, you design it to function as you need.
Great work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 02-06-2022 06:29 PM

Nice tool. You might have to lightly grind off the blue and use a proper coolant while you sharpen it.
When the edge turns blue it’s sign it’s losing its temper.

I don’t want you to ruin your investment.
I used to work in an ironworks and had to sharpen tools when I was in my teens and got scolded from the old timers for not using the water trough.

-- James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 02-06-2022 06:58 PM

Thanks, Eric!

Thanks, Tom! I’m not sure what shapes I’ll end up preferring, but that learning is part of the fun.

Thanks, James! It’s HSS and unlike high carbon tool steel, it doesn’t lose its hardness if you overheat it. The discoloration is entirely cosmetic. And as it was a quick & dirty attempt to get something that could reach around the corner when I was making my donut, I really hurried it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 02-06-2022 07:03 PM


Thanks, Eric!

Thanks, Tom! I’m not sure what shapes I’ll end up preferring, but that learning is part of the fun.

Thanks, James! It’s HSS and unlike high carbon tool steel, it doesn’t lose its hardness if you overheat it. The discoloration is entirely cosmetic. And as it was a quick & dirty attempt to get something that could reach around the corner when I was making my donut, I really hurried it.

- Dave Polaschek

Good to know Dave.
I was just reading about HSS and it takes a temperature over 2200 degrees to anneal it. I don’t think your reached that on you grinder.

-- James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 02-06-2022 08:16 PM

Yeah, James. It was pretty warm, but I don’t think I hit 2200 degrees.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 02-06-2022 08:58 PM

nice work my friend youve become quit the tool maker.maybe someday ill give it a go.not enough time so i gotta pay the piper.

-- 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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#8 posted 02-06-2022 09:16 PM

Nice work – maybe some day I’ll get around turning

-- 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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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 02-06-2022 09:51 PM

Thanks, Pottz! My problem is I read and discover all sorts of tools that are no longer sold. Some of them are very useful (bedans, for example), and others, who knows? Well, I’m curious enough that I have to make one and give it a try!

Thanks, Dick! You’ve already got the lathe that you use with your ringmaster, right? Start small and see if you find it fun!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 02-06-2022 10:34 PM

Nice work on that turning too, Dave. You appreciate it more if you make it yourself!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 02-06-2022 10:46 PM

Thanks, Jim.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 02-07-2022 02:26 AM

Very nice!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 02-07-2022 02:47 AM

Thanks, Ron!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 02-07-2022 12:24 PM

Very nice Dave. I’ve thought about making a change out tool many times. Great tool to have in your arsenal.

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

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#15 posted 02-07-2022 12:48 PM

Yeah, Dave. A lot cheaper and easier to experiment this way, too. And I got five bars of 1018 stock for the same price I was paying for 1 long piece of HSS (which has gotten a little tricky to find cheap lately).

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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