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Posted on Sheer Cut Carbide Turning Tools -- Harrison vs. Hunter vs. Other?

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#1 posted 05-04-2019 02:33 PM

I have made many carbide tools and one, I bought the bar and insert, ie: I have the 55 degree tool you have shown. Then of course I made the handle and used copper tubing for the ring.

I suppose it does not make a difference if the cutter sat on top, but it looks and I would think would perform better, in terms of being protected, nestled into the bar. It is easy to find steel, whether it be the bar stock mentioned by Jack or just robbing other tools….ie pry bars from Harbor Freight. Just work it slowly with files. I would work it, then when I got close I would check it with a small machinist square.

I have had a metal lathe for a while, and recently got a milling table for it, so I won’t have to file anymore. But I made a bunch of tools for some friends and relatives without it… is great, as you can make yourself tools for next to nothing to fit a variety of different cutters. I have a variety of the Easy Wood and then some of the larger inserts, like the much larger 18mm round, that Captain Eddie sold. Most recently I made a selection of tools that are fixed to use the negative rake cutters. I also made some that are longer and beefy for being aggressive with bowls. While I am not sold that they are the only tools for turning, ( I still prefer a skew and bowl gouge) they work well and are another weapon in your arsenal for better work, and you can make them cheap and have some fun doing it.

-- Mike

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