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    Shop Made Turning Tools

    Well, I guess that I admit that I am a tool junkie. No budget and no money so I have made some tools. My inspiration has been Darrell Feltmate, Alan Lancer, and many other web sites and this group. So here are some pics of the tools.
    First pic: From left: Scraper made from a ripping chisel - handle is poplar, next 2 are 45 deg. shear scrapers - Robert Sorby - shafts are 3/8" key stock - purchased the scraper inserts - handles are unknown wood, next is a hook tool made from 1/4" oil hardened drill rod - handles are oak, next is a bowl gouge made from 1/2" oil hardened drill rod - handle is oak, next is my Oland tool - handle is tube steel with rubber rope for a grip, next at top is the gate for the hook tool - 1/2" pipe with a 3/4" bolt (this threads into the tee and 2 set screws hold it from turning, and bottom is a block that I made to sharpen the hook tool - lays flat on my grinding jig. Believe it or not, they all seem to work pretty well. I also have made a bowl gouge for my son, Jeff, that is not in the pic. That bowl gouge was made from grade 8 bolt. Has anyone tried using high strength bolts? I found that they work pretty well.
    Second pic: from left, Sorby 45 deg scraper, Oland tool, Hook tool, bowl gouge.

    Comments welcome

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    wayne, years back when i was a kid and first started spinnin` stuff i made my own tools from old leaf springs, cut with an ox-act. torch, ground to shape then reheated and quenched in old motor oil.....they didn`t look anywhere near as fine as yours but they cut...those tools are long gone but thanks for the trip down memory lane.
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    Wayne looks like some good looking tools and should do the job for ya. I made a couple of tools but right now time is precious to me so maybe in a year or two when I retire I want to make some.
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    Dad those look great! I can't wait to try them out when I come home in a few weeks!

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    They look great Wayne, I make my own as well!
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    the bowl gouge

    Here is a pic of the bowl gouge my dad made for me. Thanks again Dad!!

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    Cool stuff, Wayne. Those look nicer than a lot of the shop-made tools I've seen before. I wish I had the tools and the know-how to make a few tools. I'm sure someday it'll happen...
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    Great job Wayne

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    Guys, thanks for the complements. I am working on a few other tools and will post them when I get them done and working. I do like the challange of trying to make tools and jigs.

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