Turning Archive 2001
>Over the week-end, I had an inquiry about the way some of my tools were made. Combine this with figuring out how to use the macro function on my digicam, I thought this would make something of interest to the group. The tools are homemade so you can duplicate this if you wish. (Though I didn't make these!)
The pics are pretty self-explanatory. The tool shaft is mild hex. Use a size that's appropriate for the size tool you want to make e. g. 1/2", 5/8", 3/4"...
Cut a slot to fit the tool tip you want to use. Drill and tap a hole through the face of the slot. Grind out a slot in the tool tip to allow it to pass the screw that will be "pinching" the tip. Use a hex-head screw.
Countersink the hole for the head if it matters that the screw head be flush with the tool surface (read: you can get the tool into a smaller size opening.) See the two photos that clearly show this. The one photo shows the allen wrench in place for tightening or loosening. It's best to remove the tip for sharpening. And, be careful. The tip will get hot so use visegrips or something to hold it.
If you get alot of torque while using the tool, the hex profile of the tool lends itself well to clamping onto the shaft with visegrips to hold onto and keep the tool from rotating too much.
The hex shaft is inserted into a length of black pipe to act as an adjustable handle. With a hole drilled and tapped for a bolt to hold the handle on, you'll have a very capable tool that will last a long time.