Carbide Tipped Cutters
Bob Lee and I collaborated on this project. Wood lathe tools made for about $30.00. Bob made the metal part seen HERE. I made the handles. This was a long over due project for me. I didn’t realize the roughing tools worked this well. If you don’t have one; buy one, make one or steal one, they are Awesome!
Check out Bob’s video to see how he made the tips. As for the handle check out the details below.
The stock required 2″ square 15″ long. This will take care of one handle. Mark center by connecting the corners. Use an awl to mark a starting hole. For this setup I needed 9/16″ hole 4″ deep. You can do this on the lathe if your lathe is big enough, mine is not. I use the drill press you could use a drill, it just won’t be as straight.
Shape the handle how ever you want. I chose the Easy Wood Lathe tool design. It has a great feel to it.
Once I got the shape I like. I sanded started with 100G, 120G, 220G. After 220G I burned in the lines, I used my guitar string tool. Following that I used 320G. Finish was simple Hut Crystal Coat.
Insert the tip into the handle using epoxy. Install the easy wood bits. After testing the tools, I love the rougher. The hollower needs the larger round bit. This is a great way to get a tool that cost $100-$130 for less then $30 this includes the bit. That sounds like saving to me.