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    Poor man's C1a

    As always, I fear that if I open my pocketbook, the seams will crack. So, after seeing the glowing reports of the performance of the C1a tool, I figured I could make one, or several, at much less than the C-note price of the glamor model.
    I bought some spiral planer blade cutters at about $2.50 each, screws (think blue stuff ) at $1.00 each and some one foot long pieces of 3/8" square cold rolled steel at less than $3.00 each. Total cost $6.50, sans handle. And that will come out of the "I can make something from this" pile of cut-offs.
    As reported, it hogs wood off like crazy. Two caveats: tosses chips like crazy also. Wear eye protection. Be careful touching the cutting edges, very sharp.
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    So, when do you go to market?
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    Do we get a discount? Where did you get the stuff Frank and what sizes...other than the steel. Thank's for the post! I'll be shopping tomorrow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Burr View Post
    .... Where did you get the stuff Frank and what sizes...other than the steel. Thank's for the post! I'll be shopping tomorrow
    What Jim said!???! Where did you get the planer blades and screws?

    Very Well Done Frank!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    So, when do you go to market?
    I'll be distributing some but don't plan to sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    What Jim said!???! Where did you get the planer blades and screws?

    Very Well Done Frank!
    Blades and screws from Grizzly. The cutters are 14mm. They also have 15mm that, for whatever reasons, are twice the price. The steel came from a local steel supply/fabricating company.
    I used my grinder to make the rebate in the end. If I were to make any quantity of these I would have a machinist mill them. That would increase cost. My other big investment was $4.00 for the tap.

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    Way to go Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Sardo View Post


    Way to go Frank
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    Nicely done, Frank. If you think it throws chips now, you should try it on a big green bowl blank.
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    Frank are these the cutter's?

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