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I recently took up wood turning as the next step in my wood working addiction, turning has been extremely fun but costly. As I have been turning every log I could get my hand on, I have had a real hard time doing small vases and hollow forms. I have looked into buy some hollow form tools but dont have the funds the buy what I would like (http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sorby-SOV-22S-ULTM-Medium-Hollowing/dp/B0052MH306/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_5). So I have decided to make my own, I have no experience doing so. This will be a learning experience for me. My goal is to make full set of hollowing tools for under $100. After searching google, youtube, LJs and http://thewoodwhisperer.com this is what I have come up with.

Set will consist of three chisels:

Straight, 22 degree bend, 45 degree bend.

Option 1:

Cut 5/8" Cold Rolled Steel to 12" long, drill 3/16" hole 1.5" deep in the head of the of rod. Drill, tap and die holes for set screws into rod and insert 3/16" HSS cutter. The rods will be bent at the 2" mark.

3/16" HSS cutter

http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=383-7005&PMPXNO=2609935&PARTPG=INLMK3

5/8" Cold Rolled Steel

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100338204/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Set screw

Need to determine size, suggestions?

Concern with this method:

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Option 2:

Cut 3/8" Square Rod 12" long. Grind recess on end 3/16" deep by 3/8" wide. Drill, tap and die hole for set screw. I would like to make 3, one straight, 22 degree bend and 45 degree bend. This replicates what Eddie Castelin has done ([media]]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asbxBgGOhas&feature=feedf[/media]) but with a bend.

Concern with this method:

I am not sure what size hole I will need to secure cutter to rod.

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Carbide Cutter

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080216/28296/Ci0-Easy-Finisher-Replacement-Round-Cutter.aspx

3/8" Square Rod

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202183570/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Questions, comment and donations are appreciated.
 

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I recently took up wood turning as the next step in my wood working addiction, turning has been extremely fun but costly. As I have been turning every log I could get my hand on, I have had a real hard time doing small vases and hollow forms. I have looked into buy some hollow form tools but dont have the funds the buy what I would like (http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sorby-SOV-22S-ULTM-Medium-Hollowing/dp/B0052MH306/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_5). So I have decided to make my own, I have no experience doing so. This will be a learning experience for me. My goal is to make full set of hollowing tools for under $100. After searching google, youtube, LJs and http://thewoodwhisperer.com this is what I have come up with.

Set will consist of three chisels:

Straight, 22 degree bend, 45 degree bend.

Option 1:

Cut 5/8" Cold Rolled Steel to 12" long, drill 3/16" hole 1.5" deep in the head of the of rod. Drill, tap and die holes for set screws into rod and insert 3/16" HSS cutter. The rods will be bent at the 2" mark.

3/16" HSS cutter

http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=383-7005&PMPXNO=2609935&PARTPG=INLMK3

5/8" Cold Rolled Steel

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100338204/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Set screw

Need to determine size, suggestions?

Concern with this method:

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Option 2:

Cut 3/8" Square Rod 12" long. Grind recess on end 3/16" deep by 3/8" wide. Drill, tap and die hole for set screw. I would like to make 3, one straight, 22 degree bend and 45 degree bend. This replicates what Eddie Castelin has done ([media]]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asbxBgGOhas&feature=feedf[/media]) but with a bend.

Concern with this method:

I am not sure what size hole I will need to secure cutter to rod.

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Carbide Cutter

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080216/28296/Ci0-Easy-Finisher-Replacement-Round-Cutter.aspx

3/8" Square Rod

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202183570/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Questions, comment and donations are appreciated.
Great idea! I don't have any suggestions yet. I'd be interested in your results and observations along the way.
 

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I recently took up wood turning as the next step in my wood working addiction, turning has been extremely fun but costly. As I have been turning every log I could get my hand on, I have had a real hard time doing small vases and hollow forms. I have looked into buy some hollow form tools but dont have the funds the buy what I would like (http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sorby-SOV-22S-ULTM-Medium-Hollowing/dp/B0052MH306/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_5). So I have decided to make my own, I have no experience doing so. This will be a learning experience for me. My goal is to make full set of hollowing tools for under $100. After searching google, youtube, LJs and http://thewoodwhisperer.com this is what I have come up with.

Set will consist of three chisels:

Straight, 22 degree bend, 45 degree bend.

Option 1:

Cut 5/8" Cold Rolled Steel to 12" long, drill 3/16" hole 1.5" deep in the head of the of rod. Drill, tap and die holes for set screws into rod and insert 3/16" HSS cutter. The rods will be bent at the 2" mark.

3/16" HSS cutter

http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=383-7005&PMPXNO=2609935&PARTPG=INLMK3

5/8" Cold Rolled Steel

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100338204/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Set screw

Need to determine size, suggestions?

Concern with this method:

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Option 2:

Cut 3/8" Square Rod 12" long. Grind recess on end 3/16" deep by 3/8" wide. Drill, tap and die hole for set screw. I would like to make 3, one straight, 22 degree bend and 45 degree bend. This replicates what Eddie Castelin has done ([media]]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asbxBgGOhas&feature=feedf[/media]) but with a bend.

Concern with this method:

I am not sure what size hole I will need to secure cutter to rod.

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Carbide Cutter

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080216/28296/Ci0-Easy-Finisher-Replacement-Round-Cutter.aspx

3/8" Square Rod

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202183570/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Questions, comment and donations are appreciated.
Have you thought of buying up some old chisels and refurbishing them? Craigslist and eBay might be a good source. I also find lots of lathe chisels in antique shops and garage sales.
 

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I recently took up wood turning as the next step in my wood working addiction, turning has been extremely fun but costly. As I have been turning every log I could get my hand on, I have had a real hard time doing small vases and hollow forms. I have looked into buy some hollow form tools but dont have the funds the buy what I would like (http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sorby-SOV-22S-ULTM-Medium-Hollowing/dp/B0052MH306/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_5). So I have decided to make my own, I have no experience doing so. This will be a learning experience for me. My goal is to make full set of hollowing tools for under $100. After searching google, youtube, LJs and http://thewoodwhisperer.com this is what I have come up with.

Set will consist of three chisels:

Straight, 22 degree bend, 45 degree bend.

Option 1:

Cut 5/8" Cold Rolled Steel to 12" long, drill 3/16" hole 1.5" deep in the head of the of rod. Drill, tap and die holes for set screws into rod and insert 3/16" HSS cutter. The rods will be bent at the 2" mark.

3/16" HSS cutter

http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=383-7005&PMPXNO=2609935&PARTPG=INLMK3

5/8" Cold Rolled Steel

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100338204/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Set screw

Need to determine size, suggestions?

Concern with this method:

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Option 2:

Cut 3/8" Square Rod 12" long. Grind recess on end 3/16" deep by 3/8" wide. Drill, tap and die hole for set screw. I would like to make 3, one straight, 22 degree bend and 45 degree bend. This replicates what Eddie Castelin has done ([media]]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asbxBgGOhas&feature=feedf[/media]) but with a bend.

Concern with this method:

I am not sure what size hole I will need to secure cutter to rod.

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Carbide Cutter

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080216/28296/Ci0-Easy-Finisher-Replacement-Round-Cutter.aspx

3/8" Square Rod

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202183570/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Questions, comment and donations are appreciated.
Ben - I recently started turning hollowforms and got the John Jordan set to start out with. His are relatively inexpensive and pretty good quality. I'm no expert, but I seem to want to turn the tool a bit on the rest to adjust my cutting angle occasionally. Square barstock would prevent you from doing that easily, so you might be better off with the round bar.

James
 

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I recently took up wood turning as the next step in my wood working addiction, turning has been extremely fun but costly. As I have been turning every log I could get my hand on, I have had a real hard time doing small vases and hollow forms. I have looked into buy some hollow form tools but dont have the funds the buy what I would like (http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sorby-SOV-22S-ULTM-Medium-Hollowing/dp/B0052MH306/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_5). So I have decided to make my own, I have no experience doing so. This will be a learning experience for me. My goal is to make full set of hollowing tools for under $100. After searching google, youtube, LJs and http://thewoodwhisperer.com this is what I have come up with.

Set will consist of three chisels:

Straight, 22 degree bend, 45 degree bend.

Option 1:

Cut 5/8" Cold Rolled Steel to 12" long, drill 3/16" hole 1.5" deep in the head of the of rod. Drill, tap and die holes for set screws into rod and insert 3/16" HSS cutter. The rods will be bent at the 2" mark.

3/16" HSS cutter

http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=383-7005&PMPXNO=2609935&PARTPG=INLMK3

5/8" Cold Rolled Steel

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100338204/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Set screw

Need to determine size, suggestions?

Concern with this method:

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Option 2:

Cut 3/8" Square Rod 12" long. Grind recess on end 3/16" deep by 3/8" wide. Drill, tap and die hole for set screw. I would like to make 3, one straight, 22 degree bend and 45 degree bend. This replicates what Eddie Castelin has done ([media]]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asbxBgGOhas&feature=feedf[/media]) but with a bend.

Concern with this method:

I am not sure what size hole I will need to secure cutter to rod.

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Carbide Cutter

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080216/28296/Ci0-Easy-Finisher-Replacement-Round-Cutter.aspx

3/8" Square Rod

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202183570/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Questions, comment and donations are appreciated.
You are over thinking it :) It is not rocket science. Just slow to cut. It is fun stuff. People have been doing it for hundreds of years.

The carbide cutters can be had for $2-$3/piece in sets of 10 on ebay. I don't suggest going that way though. You will be happier with HSS. It is generally easier to sharpen and will last fine on wood. I don't even have anything against plain old carbon steel as long as you are cutting and not scraping.

You can pick up sets of HSS lathe tool blanks at the cheap places (Harbor Freight, Wholesale Tool (wttool.com) ) They set you back about a dollar per piece. You can also really cheap out and hunt down used HSS drill bits to shape to use.

It is a bit harder to drill the end without a lathe but it can be done and real precision is not required. The size just needs to be large enough for the bit to fit in. The size of the set screws will be a bit under the tool size. Again, not critical.

If you are not tooled up for the metal work, drop by a muffler shop, or welding shop or something and ask them to bend it for you. It will be cheaper than buying the gas. You can also do it yourself.

If you are patient, you can just clamp it up in a vise and have at it with a file to shape flats and such.

Carbon steel is not that much more for the quantites you are going to be using. I just bought some for about $10/piece for 3' long 1/2 in drill rod. If you are going to use a HSS insert or carbide insert, it is not worth paying extra for. If you are thinking about making your own, go for it. 3/4 in O1 was about $20 for a 3' piece.

Don't want to spend the money on propane or mapp gas? Pick up a bag of charcoal and bbq a chicken while you are working. Pick up some long pliers or tongs, a small hammer and something to use for an anvil and you are in business (a little 24 lb anvil at grizzly is $25.) A lot of people use pieces of old train track.
 

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I recently took up wood turning as the next step in my wood working addiction, turning has been extremely fun but costly. As I have been turning every log I could get my hand on, I have had a real hard time doing small vases and hollow forms. I have looked into buy some hollow form tools but dont have the funds the buy what I would like (http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sorby-SOV-22S-ULTM-Medium-Hollowing/dp/B0052MH306/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_5). So I have decided to make my own, I have no experience doing so. This will be a learning experience for me. My goal is to make full set of hollowing tools for under $100. After searching google, youtube, LJs and http://thewoodwhisperer.com this is what I have come up with.

Set will consist of three chisels:

Straight, 22 degree bend, 45 degree bend.

Option 1:

Cut 5/8" Cold Rolled Steel to 12" long, drill 3/16" hole 1.5" deep in the head of the of rod. Drill, tap and die holes for set screws into rod and insert 3/16" HSS cutter. The rods will be bent at the 2" mark.

3/16" HSS cutter

http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=383-7005&PMPXNO=2609935&PARTPG=INLMK3

5/8" Cold Rolled Steel

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100338204/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Set screw

Need to determine size, suggestions?

Concern with this method:

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Option 2:

Cut 3/8" Square Rod 12" long. Grind recess on end 3/16" deep by 3/8" wide. Drill, tap and die hole for set screw. I would like to make 3, one straight, 22 degree bend and 45 degree bend. This replicates what Eddie Castelin has done ([media]]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asbxBgGOhas&feature=feedf[/media]) but with a bend.

Concern with this method:

I am not sure what size hole I will need to secure cutter to rod.

Can I bend the rod using propane torch?

http://www.homedepot...catalogId=10053

Carbide Cutter

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080216/28296/Ci0-Easy-Finisher-Replacement-Round-Cutter.aspx

3/8" Square Rod

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202183570/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Questions, comment and donations are appreciated.
I am with you on making turning tools. Just today I was in Woodcraft and they had some really nice hollowing chisels for 150 bucks. I look at it as when I make the tool, It is more pleasurable to use than one I bought. I am still learning about the metal working aspect my self. I have a brother that is a machinist. I will get his thoughts on the best way to bend the steel and what type of steel is best to use and will let you know. In the mean time, If keep posting your progress, would love to learn from others experience.
 

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In researching making my own hollowing tools I have come into one main problem. I am a wood worker and don't have metal working tools (and no intention to). I have received a good amount feedback concerning the amount of heat I will need to get the rod in a malleable state. This is one my concerns, the other is drilling into the end of the rod.
Today I went by several machine shops to see what the cost for bending and drilling the rods. I would tap the rods myself. None of them provide the service I needed. I then stopped by my neighborhood gas station, spoke with the manager and he agreed to bend 6 robs for me for $20. He did tell me that I needed to provide a jig a(simple 2x set up) to ensure the rods were the shape I wanted. I would grind the ends down and tap for the carbide cutter.
If I go this route, that mean not using the HSS inserts, which I am fine with. It does create the question of what six rods would be a good set. Currently I am thinking :
• 2 - 3/8"
• 2 - 1/2"
• 2 - 5/8"
Each pair would consist of 22 and 45 bend at the 2" mark. Thoughts?
Is there a better placement for the bend than the 2" mark?
 

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In researching making my own hollowing tools I have come into one main problem. I am a wood worker and don't have metal working tools (and no intention to). I have received a good amount feedback concerning the amount of heat I will need to get the rod in a malleable state. This is one my concerns, the other is drilling into the end of the rod.
Today I went by several machine shops to see what the cost for bending and drilling the rods. I would tap the rods myself. None of them provide the service I needed. I then stopped by my neighborhood gas station, spoke with the manager and he agreed to bend 6 robs for me for $20. He did tell me that I needed to provide a jig a(simple 2x set up) to ensure the rods were the shape I wanted. I would grind the ends down and tap for the carbide cutter.
If I go this route, that mean not using the HSS inserts, which I am fine with. It does create the question of what six rods would be a good set. Currently I am thinking :
• 2 - 3/8"
• 2 - 1/2"
• 2 - 5/8"
Each pair would consist of 22 and 45 bend at the 2" mark. Thoughts?
Is there a better placement for the bend than the 2" mark?
Having made many of my own lathe tools, I would recommend that you try a few different types of hollowers to get a good idea of what works for you…what is comfortable…and what configuration you find workable. I settled on a carbide cutter shaped with a small fingernail….I mig welded (luckily I have a fabrication shop available - manned with some top notch welders) some steel pipe and tapped/die a smaller piece of tubing to hold the cutter. I made an extreme bend for getting under the rims of my vessels….a moderate bend for the sides….and a straight one to work my way down to the bottom before needing the angles. There are so many different size and shape cutters that you could go crazy trying to decide on which one to use. You can also get a small square piece and grind to your specs. That is the best reason to make your own tools….you can select the style of cutter….you can make the balance, including the weight of the handle, to your own comfort. Just be ready for some trial and error to get what you will ultimately settle on.
 

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In researching making my own hollowing tools I have come into one main problem. I am a wood worker and don't have metal working tools (and no intention to). I have received a good amount feedback concerning the amount of heat I will need to get the rod in a malleable state. This is one my concerns, the other is drilling into the end of the rod.
Today I went by several machine shops to see what the cost for bending and drilling the rods. I would tap the rods myself. None of them provide the service I needed. I then stopped by my neighborhood gas station, spoke with the manager and he agreed to bend 6 robs for me for $20. He did tell me that I needed to provide a jig a(simple 2x set up) to ensure the rods were the shape I wanted. I would grind the ends down and tap for the carbide cutter.
If I go this route, that mean not using the HSS inserts, which I am fine with. It does create the question of what six rods would be a good set. Currently I am thinking :
• 2 - 3/8"
• 2 - 1/2"
• 2 - 5/8"
Each pair would consist of 22 and 45 bend at the 2" mark. Thoughts?
Is there a better placement for the bend than the 2" mark?
Reggie, could you please post some pictures of the chisels you have made? I definitely see this as a trial and error exercise.
 

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In researching making my own hollowing tools I have come into one main problem. I am a wood worker and don't have metal working tools (and no intention to). I have received a good amount feedback concerning the amount of heat I will need to get the rod in a malleable state. This is one my concerns, the other is drilling into the end of the rod.
Today I went by several machine shops to see what the cost for bending and drilling the rods. I would tap the rods myself. None of them provide the service I needed. I then stopped by my neighborhood gas station, spoke with the manager and he agreed to bend 6 robs for me for $20. He did tell me that I needed to provide a jig a(simple 2x set up) to ensure the rods were the shape I wanted. I would grind the ends down and tap for the carbide cutter.
If I go this route, that mean not using the HSS inserts, which I am fine with. It does create the question of what six rods would be a good set. Currently I am thinking :
• 2 - 3/8"
• 2 - 1/2"
• 2 - 5/8"
Each pair would consist of 22 and 45 bend at the 2" mark. Thoughts?
Is there a better placement for the bend than the 2" mark?
I don't know much about this but I was just perusing the McMaster Carr# site for O1 tool steel, planning to make my own plane iron. They have a much wider array of tool steel options than I imagined. They've got all the high speed stuff for really good prices. I ordered some bar stock from them and the package was delivered in under 24 hours for under $5. It might be worth a look around if you haven't obtained the raw stuff yet. Good luck!
 

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Drilling Holes

Yesterday I will to Home Depot and pick up some steel rods to make the chisels. 3/8", ½" and 5/8". When I got home I was looking at the 5/8" rod and decided to try just clamping the rod my bench and drilling a hole. I figured the worse that could happen would be that I need to cut off the damage piece and still have enough.
Clamping rod to the bench top, loaded a 7/32" bit into my corded drill. The results were so so. It was painfully slow and I was not getting the depth I wanted. Then it was suggested to me to start with a smaller bit and work way up and to also use my drill press. I regard my drill press as a true POS. But after making a crude jig, it worked with no issue. The only limitation I had was that my drill press was the clearance under the longest bit would only allow for a 12" rod. I don't this will be prove to be awould only allow for could fit.





 

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Yesterday I will to Home Depot and pick up some steel rods to make the chisels. 3/8", ½" and 5/8". When I got home I was looking at the 5/8" rod and decided to try just clamping the rod my bench and drilling a hole. I figured the worse that could happen would be that I need to cut off the damage piece and still have enough.
Clamping rod to the bench top, loaded a 7/32" bit into my corded drill. The results were so so. It was painfully slow and I was not getting the depth I wanted. Then it was suggested to me to start with a smaller bit and work way up and to also use my drill press. I regard my drill press as a true POS. But after making a crude jig, it worked with no issue. The only limitation I had was that my drill press was the clearance under the longest bit would only allow for a 12" rod. I don't this will be prove to be awould only allow for could fit.





If you want to drill longer stuff, turn the head of the drill press to the side. You can clamp the stock to the side of the bench you are using.

Going through steps in size is a bit tedious but works a lot better. Especially if you don't have a lot of power. A center drill is the best thing to get the hole started. They are little short stubby bits that are really stiff.
 

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Drilling Holes

Yesterday I will to Home Depot and pick up some steel rods to make the chisels. 3/8", ½" and 5/8". When I got home I was looking at the 5/8" rod and decided to try just clamping the rod my bench and drilling a hole. I figured the worse that could happen would be that I need to cut off the damage piece and still have enough.
Clamping rod to the bench top, loaded a 7/32" bit into my corded drill. The results were so so. It was painfully slow and I was not getting the depth I wanted. Then it was suggested to me to start with a smaller bit and work way up and to also use my drill press. I regard my drill press as a true POS. But after making a crude jig, it worked with no issue. The only limitation I had was that my drill press was the clearance under the longest bit would only allow for a 12" rod. I don't this will be prove to be awould only allow for could fit.





A little cutting oil would also help immensely. I know adding oil seems counter intuitive but believe me your tool and work piece will thank you.
 

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Initial Set

I have complete most of the chisels and I am very happy with their performance. But definately see some areas where I can improve.

The currently the set contains:
Straight 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
Straight 1/2"rod with square carbide cutter
Curved 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
Straight 5/8" rod with HHS insert
Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert


Straight 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter:

This worked well and left a good finish but I prefer to use a gouge for final surface, I will mount this cutter on a 3/8" rod to see how it performs with the extra clearance.

Straight 1/2"rod with square carbide cutter:

This work excellent for roughing but in hind sight should have gotten the radius cutter.

Curved 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
I will mount this cutter on a 3/8" rod to see how it performs with the extra clearance.


Straight 5/8"and Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert:

These worked like a champ for removing material but did not leave the surface smooth. Albeit the piecewas punky wood. I also need to get square inserts, I ordered round inserts which I had to grind the top flat and put a fingernail grind on. The grinding of the top I believe increasing the chatter of the tool.
Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert.



I also got some 1 3/8" aluminum rod, cut it to 18" length, drilled 3/8" and 1/2" holes on the end of one and 5/8" hole on the other.



I also still have a number of rods for future tools, I am sure that I will be using them. I already know I want a chisel with a more extreme bend to get under the lip of a hollow form.


Cost: $146

Steel Rods $30
Bending Rods $20
HSS Inserts $13
Carbide cutters $40
Tap and die set $20
Set Screws $8
Aluminum Rods $15
 

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Initial Set

I have complete most of the chisels and I am very happy with their performance. But definately see some areas where I can improve.

The currently the set contains:
Straight 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
Straight 1/2"rod with square carbide cutter
Curved 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
Straight 5/8" rod with HHS insert
Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert


Straight 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter:

This worked well and left a good finish but I prefer to use a gouge for final surface, I will mount this cutter on a 3/8" rod to see how it performs with the extra clearance.

Straight 1/2"rod with square carbide cutter:

This work excellent for roughing but in hind sight should have gotten the radius cutter.

Curved 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
I will mount this cutter on a 3/8" rod to see how it performs with the extra clearance.


Straight 5/8"and Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert:

These worked like a champ for removing material but did not leave the surface smooth. Albeit the piecewas punky wood. I also need to get square inserts, I ordered round inserts which I had to grind the top flat and put a fingernail grind on. The grinding of the top I believe increasing the chatter of the tool.
Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert.



I also got some 1 3/8" aluminum rod, cut it to 18" length, drilled 3/8" and 1/2" holes on the end of one and 5/8" hole on the other.



I also still have a number of rods for future tools, I am sure that I will be using them. I already know I want a chisel with a more extreme bend to get under the lip of a hollow form.


Cost: $146

Steel Rods $30
Bending Rods $20
HSS Inserts $13
Carbide cutters $40
Tap and die set $20
Set Screws $8
Aluminum Rods $15
Hey Ben! Those look great.

How are the small tips ground? I can't really tell from the pictures.

What kind of chucking do you have on the lathe? If you have something that holds well, you can also turn your AL handles and give them a bit of shape as well. Lots of fun but a bit slower than turning wood. How big a spindle you have on the lathe? (Through the spindle especially)
 

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Initial Set

I have complete most of the chisels and I am very happy with their performance. But definately see some areas where I can improve.

The currently the set contains:
Straight 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
Straight 1/2"rod with square carbide cutter
Curved 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
Straight 5/8" rod with HHS insert
Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert


Straight 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter:

This worked well and left a good finish but I prefer to use a gouge for final surface, I will mount this cutter on a 3/8" rod to see how it performs with the extra clearance.

Straight 1/2"rod with square carbide cutter:

This work excellent for roughing but in hind sight should have gotten the radius cutter.

Curved 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
I will mount this cutter on a 3/8" rod to see how it performs with the extra clearance.


Straight 5/8"and Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert:

These worked like a champ for removing material but did not leave the surface smooth. Albeit the piecewas punky wood. I also need to get square inserts, I ordered round inserts which I had to grind the top flat and put a fingernail grind on. The grinding of the top I believe increasing the chatter of the tool.
Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert.



I also got some 1 3/8" aluminum rod, cut it to 18" length, drilled 3/8" and 1/2" holes on the end of one and 5/8" hole on the other.



I also still have a number of rods for future tools, I am sure that I will be using them. I already know I want a chisel with a more extreme bend to get under the lip of a hollow form.


Cost: $146

Steel Rods $30
Bending Rods $20
HSS Inserts $13
Carbide cutters $40
Tap and die set $20
Set Screws $8
Aluminum Rods $15
Very nicely done!! I am anxious to make a set of these for my self. Thanks for posting
 

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Initial Set

I have complete most of the chisels and I am very happy with their performance. But definately see some areas where I can improve.

The currently the set contains:
Straight 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
Straight 1/2"rod with square carbide cutter
Curved 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
Straight 5/8" rod with HHS insert
Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert


Straight 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter:

This worked well and left a good finish but I prefer to use a gouge for final surface, I will mount this cutter on a 3/8" rod to see how it performs with the extra clearance.

Straight 1/2"rod with square carbide cutter:

This work excellent for roughing but in hind sight should have gotten the radius cutter.

Curved 1/2" rod with round carbide cutter
I will mount this cutter on a 3/8" rod to see how it performs with the extra clearance.


Straight 5/8"and Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert:

These worked like a champ for removing material but did not leave the surface smooth. Albeit the piecewas punky wood. I also need to get square inserts, I ordered round inserts which I had to grind the top flat and put a fingernail grind on. The grinding of the top I believe increasing the chatter of the tool.
Curved 5/8" rod with HHS insert.



I also got some 1 3/8" aluminum rod, cut it to 18" length, drilled 3/8" and 1/2" holes on the end of one and 5/8" hole on the other.



I also still have a number of rods for future tools, I am sure that I will be using them. I already know I want a chisel with a more extreme bend to get under the lip of a hollow form.


Cost: $146

Steel Rods $30
Bending Rods $20
HSS Inserts $13
Carbide cutters $40
Tap and die set $20
Set Screws $8
Aluminum Rods $15
I have a straight tool with a 1/4" square HSS bit. I love it. Maybe I've was lucky but mine did leave a nice finish. I was fairly hardwood and I was taking light cuts. Sometimes I think this is all magic and we are subject to the whims of the wood elves/nymphs….

Bill
 
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