Keep meaning to make one of these myself. This looks like a nice one that ought to serve you well. Love the handle.
The handle is a stolen idea. I tried to mimic the handle design of the actual Easy Wood tools. I think I got pretty close. Might have gotten a little closer if I had taken a pic of the handle down to the lathe with me. Either way, it feels good. I think I'll like this tool.
You can buy the inserts and screws from Grizzly in a pack of 10. If I remember correctly they are about $2.50 or so each. We bought a pack as a club and made 10 tools.
Thanks. I read where most folks buy the cheaper ones. During one of the videos I heard them say that the Easy Wood inserts were a specially designed carbide for wood cutting so I went with thiers. Looking back, I guess if I buy inserts for a planer, they are also designed for wood cutting. If I like this one and decide to make more, I'll look into the cheaper ones. If I buy the cheaper ones, the total tool cost would be under $10 as long as I dont buy wood for the handle!
Looks great, was thinking of doing the same. What a profit margin.
Did you mill a flat into the the 3/8" stock to accept the insert?
Well, I dont know that I would use a term like "mill", lol.
There is a flat that I cut as close as possible with a angle grinder, then cleaned it up with a file. I then cleaned the file marks up with 320 grit wet dry paper wrapped around another piece of bar stock. I then marked and drilled my hole, I believe it was 3/32. Then I used a larger drill bit to make a relief for the screw and to remove some of the center material so the insert rides on the edges. Next is tapping. I have never tapped a hole so small before. I needed a 4-40 thread which happened to be the smallest tap in my set. Its a pretty delicate process. Cut a little, back it out, cut a little, back it out, you get the idea. Had to keep cleaning the debris from the tiny tap and oiling it. There was a couple times I thought the tap was going to break but I just kept taking small bites and backing it up and eventually she popped out the other side!! I also ground a few notches in the other end that would be inserted in the handle just to help the epoxy grab ahold of the bar.
For the record, if anyone tries this and screws up, its not the end of the world. I screwed up. My first attempt, I was drilling too fast and without lubrication and snapped a drill bit off in the hole. Not a big deal, just flip it over and try again. I stuck the screwed up end in the handle and no one would ever know if I hadnt of just told ya!!