Category Archives: Tools

More CCMT lathe tools

Some more CCMT lathe tools, now I think I have the entire 5/8″ shank “collection” – left hand, neutral, chamfer and boring bar (3/4″). I have commercial right hand tools and 1/2″ boring bar.           It was … Continue reading

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Making tool post tool holders

Tool holders (for the lathe) gotta be the metal equivalent of wood working clamps: you can’t have enough and when you do have enough, it still isn’t. I wanted to make a holder for 3/4″ boring bars as the one … Continue reading

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Positive vs negative rake: surface finish

I’m happy with both finishes but the finish left by the negative rake fly cutter is fabulous, almost mirror like, the positive rake fly cutter left a more matte finish. I think the lines are visible because the insert has … Continue reading

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Fly cutter 2.5 video

I’m enjoying this tool! Makes short work of squaring up stock.

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Fly cutter 2.5

Since the previous two insert cutters I made turned out so well, I decided to try another, a smallish fly cutter. I have a Suburban Tools fly cutter and it is a monster by my standards. I got the smallest … Continue reading

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The wheels fall off

When I got my quick change tool post set, it included this combo knurl tool & facing holder. Kinda useless as I hate push knurlers. So I decided to make it useful by sawing off the knurler, extending the slot and punching … Continue reading

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Dovetail fly cutter

I got the plan for this dovetail cutter from a Randy Richard video using a screen grab (he’ll email you a copy but it was easy to just grab it). It’s a sweet design using common TPGB321 inserts ($7.25 from … Continue reading

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