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    Lacer-esque DIY Skew

    OK, I got some HSS for making tools, in this case, I made a skew from the 1/2 x 1" piece.

    I cut the piece to just around 12" in length, then I used a 4" angle grinder to make the tang for the tool...........

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    Let me tell you, that took a bit of grinding, this stuff is HARD!!

    I then used the 4" angle grinder to do the majority of the griding on the point, I finished with the slow-speed 8" grinder..........

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    and a close up of the tip........
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    I then put a handle on it............

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    and it is done.

    Boy let me tell you, when you pick this sucker up, you know it, it is heavy!

    I honed it and used it a bit, WOW just don't cover it!!

    Took about 3 hours total.

    Cheers!
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 07-04-2007 at 05:39 AM.
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    That's just like you, Stu...spending three hours just skewing around in the shop. Nice-looking tool. I gotta learn to use one of them one of these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    That's just like you, Stu...spending three hours just skewing around in the shop. Nice-looking tool. I gotta learn to use one of them one of these days.
    Yep, skewing around, that's me

    A point, when you decide to come over to the dark side of the skew, get yourself a good one, not some oval punny thin little flexy cheap poor quailty steel one........... DAMHIK

    makes learning to use it a whole lot better when you start with a decent tool................... also you will be much less likely to pitch it accross the shop when you remember how much you paid for it

    Cheers!
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    Great looking piece Stu. I have the big Raffan skew and compared to the ones you get in turning kits there is no comparison. Now quit skewing around and do some work.
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    Yep, hard to compare a normal skew with one of these monsters.

    I think Ken F. said he has a 1 1/4" x 5/8" Lacer skews, that must have some heft to it as well.

    I used it this morning, boy does it cut!

    Cheers!
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    Stu....I bought the 5/8" Lacer skew in Houston and my son is to deliver it in a couple of weeks when he drives to Lewiston. I bought the 1 1/4" Lacer in Spokane before I got home from Houston. I hope to try the 1 1/4" later today or maybe tomorrow. Both of them have some heft to them!

    Nicely done Stu! I don't have patience to do something like that or the access to HSS.

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    The 5/8" is the width, right?

    Two skews, 5/8" and 1 1/4" (yet to be delivered) right?

    How thick are the Lacer skews?

    Cheers!

    PS, I bet you can get the HSS a LOT easier than I could
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    Stu....Yeah....5/8" and 1 1/4" are the widths. I didn't want to pack the 5/8" Lacer in my bags when we flew back from Houston. So it'll be coming with the kid. The 1 1/4" I bought in Spokane on our way back and I have it. I ordered a large diamond stone sharpener for use with these skews and it's supposed to be delivered tomorrow. I wanted one bigger than the little credit card diamond hone I have now. I wanted some more room between my meat hooks and the edges of these skews. I'll check the thickness of these but I'll bet it's either 5/16" or 3/8" thick steel.

    The Lacers are made by Hamlet....they have the short point side rounded over and the corners knocked of the long point side. Lacer teaches one to use the short point end for turning beads and thus the rounded edge there. He teaches cutting grooves with the long point side and thus the corners are knocked off but the flat portion remains.......

    I'll take some photos when the other one gets here from Texas.

    I also go Lacer's vide "The Skew" which is IMHO a good video!
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    I thought the Lacer video was great, but I wish I had not rounded the short point side of my skew as he recommends. Maybe I have soft floppy skin, but now the skew tends to roll up, off the rest, and what follows is not pretty. Or maybe I need to buy an Ablett skew.
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    Charlie..........Take a look at the Raffan skews or just buiy a regular skew and put a round shape to it.

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