Does any body know what type of inserts would work good on home made wood turning tools?
Since the replacements they sell for the commercial brand tools, are from $15.00 and up. And the tools any where from $65.00 up past $120.00 for a wood handle and a section of CRS to hold the insert.
I would like to make the holders/tools and use cheaper inserts. Wood turning sites aren't much help as they all say buy the replacement inserts from one of the companies that sell the tools and inserts. Seems they are sponsored advertising forums. And inquires about carbide turning tools are meet with buy one from the tool makers, and discussion about the specifics of the inserts is discouraged!
What I know is they are sharper than the ones for steel, no chip breaker, a fine grained material, and highly polished. I know they can be polished by green stone and diamond file/tools in a dremel.
My first attempt will be using carbide router bits, in a bit holding tool handle. Haven't found many places that sell the replacements inserts for carbide moulding makers heads etc.
I have found one place but the site doesn't seem to be working correctly and appears to be volume seller. Deharts is its name.
The other one Carbide depot is looking to get into the selling of the tools and inserts but isn't posting any info at this time.
The charts along with the ones in the tool catalogs do clear up some of the questions, but not enough.
Would anybody have any ideas on whether the metal cutting ones or would the aluminum type work better on turning the hard surface materials (Coran) or stone dust epoxy type materials?
Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
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