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    Available Steel in Our Shop fo Turning Tools

    What do most of us have in our tool boxes or shops that would be good to make some simple turning tools like a detail tool? Do allen wrenches have decent steel? Any suggestions welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Turner View Post
    What do most of us have in our tool boxes or shops that would be good to make some simple turning tools like a detail tool? Do allen wrenches have decent steel? Any suggestions welcome.
    I can't speak for turning tools, but I've made 'specialty' cutters for a router plane out of Allen wrenches. The steel is quite hard, but still not brittle. YMMV...
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    Rob Keeble made me a router plane with an sharpened allen wrench as a blade. Incredibly sharp
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    +1 for allen wrenches, I made a set of ring cutters out of a couple and they work really well.

    I recently made an angle scraper out of an old planet blade and man was that hard stuff!! Took forever to bring on the small high speed grinder with a coarse wheel. Works like a charm though (I bought a while stack of old blades at an auction for.. I think.. $2).

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