Carbide Turning Tool with Maple Handle

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Project by JL7 posted 03-18-2012 11:47 PM 4249 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am really a greenhorn when it comes to turning, so the Easy Wood Tools concept of using carbide inserts sounds like a good way to go…...A good friend of mine is a machinist and wood turner, so I bought the inserts and he made the machined shafts – 3 total so far.

I only have one handle done so far, but really have no experience in handle making, so thought I would post this for feedback from those in the know.

I used hard maple for the handle and a 7/8” ferrule from Lee Valley. The CRS shaft is 3/8” square stock. I started by boring a 3/8” hole in the lathe and then turned the rest of the handle from there. Not sure if that’s right, but worked out ok.

Turned the tenon for the ferrule kind of snug and tapped it into place. Rounded the square corners of the CRS shaft and pounded it in place with the help of a bit wax.

The handle didn’t split – so far so good….I know some folks use epoxy to hold the handle in place – This one is real snug without – any problem with this plan?

Tung oil finish.

Last 2 pictures show the other 2 tools looking for handles.

Appreciate your input.

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 03-19-2012 12:39 AM

They look good, I don’t know too much about handles, but I think without the epoxy, when the weather or humidity changes, the wood might swell and not grip as much, just a guess.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 03-19-2012 01:20 AM

It might be your first handle, but it looks as good as the expensive tools in woodworking catalogs.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 01:36 AM

Jeff I am not a turner but it looks good to me. I would think if the handle provides you with good grip and does not tire your hand its a keeper.
Nice job.
Your friend does good work as well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 03-19-2012 01:42 AM

You have too much metal length in the tool for the thickness and too short of a handle. If that square stock is 3/8 ” thick, it’s probably only good for about 5-6” out of the handle. You probably want 3” inside the handle.

I grind a small tang in the bottom of the steel to keep it from spinning in the handle.

-- Steven

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#5 posted 03-19-2012 01:47 AM

Looks good Jeff.

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#6 posted 03-19-2012 01:54 AM

Steven – Appreciate the feedback…...I will make some adjustments…..this was a good practice – learned a lot.

Appreciate all the other comments….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 03-19-2012 03:14 AM

Well a neat idea having a machinist friend.

I have been rounding the idea of buying inserts as well. Finally decided to buy a cheap HSS 8 set. (Since I live in a very rich country, it only cost me USD 300)

Besides , regret I cannot provide any input at all. Handle looks very handsome.

Wait a minute. If you turned that handle with just the shaft, I wonder why you need a handle for ?

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 03-19-2012 11:56 AM

Fernando – I do value my hands so I used the HSS chisels to make the handle…..but….I can use this one on the next one – once I adjust the dimensions…...

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 03-21-2012 09:32 PM

Great Job & Great Idea.
I have a set of FREUD lathe turning chisels they have long handles and long blades the ferrules were rusty when I bought them I will have to check for new ferrules. I have thought about buying a set with the carbide inserts after looking at these I will have to fire up my Jet Mill/Drill, my HF mini lathe and make a set.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#10 posted 04-02-2012 11:15 PM

Nice JOB … where did you buy the inserts and what size screw and taps did you use?

-- Rudy Reyes - CCWoodcrafts - Corpus Christi, Texas

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#11 posted 04-02-2012 11:36 PM

Rudy – I bought the inserts at Woodcraft, and I know you can get them elsewhere like Highland, etc….The inserts come with the correct screws and they are not all the same size – it depends on the insert. My friend did the machining of the tool holders so I don’t know the thread sizes off hand….sorry.

Also – the current versions are posted here.

Appreciate the kind words!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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