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Post by Chilli-head on 16th October 2012, 10:01 am

I've been looking around to gather some tools for pole lathe turning. Not as straightforward as I expected; most tools are made for powered lathes. For a pole lathe, with only human power to turn it, we're not so interested in the wear and heat resistance of high speed steel tools, but the finer edge of a traditional carbon steel tool is better suited, as is a lower grinding angle. The only commonly available tools I could find made for the pole lathe are the Ashley Iles set. I notice that Robin Wood suggests finding a friendly blacksmith or making your own, which sounds too much like a challenge, so I though I'd have a go at a smallish skew chisel. This has the advantage of not needing blacksmith's skills or equipment, just grinding and heat treating.

To make the handle, I split a piece of wood from my (sadly deceased) apricot tree. Turned it to a handle. For a ferrule, I found some scrap brass tube, cut it to length with a plumber's pipe cutting tool, bit of brasso, then tap it on to the handle. Drilled a hole for the blade to fit.

The blade is Sheffield steel, in the form of "ground flat stock", this is an O1 ~1% carbon steel. I roughly shaped the skew, leaving a blunt end to grind later, to avoid a thin edge which might get overheated when hardening. I also hacksawed and filed a pointed tang on the handle end. The steel is hardened by heating and quenching in oil; I used a propane blowlamp, with the blade sitting in the frog of a bone DRY housebrick (don't want anything exploding !) to heat it to bright red - I could only harden the last inch with the heat I had available, but it will take years of sharpening before that matters. Into the oil whilst still glowing. I was quite relieved at this point to have only a cloud of smoke, and not a fire to extinguish ! Then polish it up with fine wet or dry, and heat again - this time gently - until the oxide gives it a straw yellow colour, then back into the oil.

Final grind on the wet grinder, polish, sharpen, tap the blade into the handle - pop the tang into the hole, and with blade pointing up, smartly tap the top of the handle down onto a block of scrap hardwood until the blade is driven home.

A wipe of Danish oil on the handle, and here it is, ready for a test drive at the weekend:
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Post by polgara on 16th October 2012, 10:38 am

Clever person, it looks absolutly great. Hope it works as well as it looks. a+

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Post by Dandelion on 16th October 2012, 10:11 pm

You are clever!!!

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Post by Adrian on 16th October 2012, 11:26 pm

Damn thats clever

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Post by freebird on 17th October 2012, 8:26 am

It looks beautiful - hope it works beautifully too.
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