Carbide Lathe Tools - 2nd Try....

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Project by JL7 posted 03-26-2012 11:56 PM 3310 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I posted my first try at building one of these – got some good advice that the proportions were wrong, so made the adjustments and finished all 3.

A friend of mine did the machining for HSS shafts and used Easy Wood Tools carbide inserts for the cutters. The handles are hard maple. Purposely made them all a bit different so maybe I can identify the the right tool by the handle….

Had a bit of an issue with the “rustic” handle…..It cracked during assembly… the learning continues…will replace it in time.

7/8” brass ferrules are from Lee Valley and the finish is Tung Oil.

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 12:07 AM

Nice handles Jeff. CA finish?

WHat about chuck model?

-- Back home. Fernando

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 12:15 AM

Hey Fernando – just tung oil for the finish – haven’t tried the CA finish yet…..I suppose I should try it! The chuck is a Barracuda2 from Penn State Industries, it comes in handy. Used the four jaw chuck initially to do the boring, and then switched to the spur center for the turning…....that part worked out good….


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 12:34 AM

That aught to work good Jeff. I do love the one with character. The lathe is interesting as well, nice. And I have to ask. What is CA finish? How do you finish with super glue? Anyway back to your project. The maple should hold up real well. You have a set of true hand made lathe tools.
Good job.

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

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 12:54 AM

Thanks Dave….never done the CA finish, but I thinks you put some on a rag and let it spin in on the lathe…I figured you’d like the character one…..I like it too, but not so structurally sound…....appreciate the comments.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 07:08 AM

Nice job, thanks for sharing

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 12:56 PM

very nice handles

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 08:19 PM


Just FYI.

Craft Supplies just came out with a promo Youtube vid on a CA based finish they are selling. I’m not pushing ANYTHING Craft Supply. (But in full discloser, I am a very happy customer of theirs.) Other than the MicroMesh, I haven’t used any of these products, But it does show the general process of applying a CA finish to a turning. I am speculating one could use thick grade CA in place of this commercial CA based finish and get similar results.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#8 posted 03-28-2012 03:44 AM

I also make all my handles, after all what is a lathe for.
For ferrules I have been using PEX plumbing crimp rings available at most big box stores in plumbing dept. and cost mere cents, usually in a bag of 5.
They come in 1/2” and 3/4” sizes and are thick copper about 1/2” wide making a great low priced ferrule.
Simply turn the handle a tad oversize and pound them on.
(and also use tung oil)

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#9 posted 03-28-2012 11:46 AM

Thanks for all the comments and tips – much appreciated! I am going to pickup some of those PEX crimp rings for sure….nice to have a cheap local source of stuff…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 04-02-2012 11:59 PM

Great looking turning tools.
I made a couple of them and that is all I use when turning my bowls.
I started using cheap inserts and did not like the results nearly as well as the EasyWood inserts.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#11 posted 04-03-2012 12:29 AM

Hey Thanks Scott – I really like the square insert (with a 2” radius) that baby really cuts nice…..I turned a mallet handle out of Jatoba and did all the roughing and alot of the smoothing with that….it cut that jatoba like butter.

The round insert will take a bit more practice, but I will say it is much easier to control than the Rockler tool with the round insert. Previously bought the Rockler one on sale and proceeded to destroy everything it touched. The Rockler insert is dish shaped and is really too aggressive, where the Easy Wood Tools are basically scrapers…

Bottom line – I agree, the EWT inserts seem to be well thought out….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 04-03-2012 01:48 PM

Nice looking tools, Jeff!

For another local source of copper ferrules…stay in the plumbing section, and grab a few copper end caps. You’ll have to drill/file out the front portion to fit your steel, but it looks pretty. :-)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 06-13-2014 01:03 AM

Really nice, Jeff! The ‘rustic’ one is beautiful. Is that the one you use the most? How is it holding up? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 06-13-2014 01:11 AM

Candy – the rustic one is the (almost) square cutter, use it a lot for roughing and the round one works pretty well for hollowing and such. They hold up really well!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 06-13-2014 01:15 AM

Great looking tools Jeff. Candy will be riding my back now for me to make her a set. Maybe we can get her brother in law to make some. He is a turner and loves a chalenge. He also works with metal. He is a lumberjock but I don’t know if he ever visits the page.

Piloon, Gret tip on the pex crimp rings. I have a few left over from some work I did on the house. so I will definately use them. Some of my files need handles, so I can get started on that one pretty soon.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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