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dr sportster
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:46 am    Post subject: Re: Tooling question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Do a search for " Diamond Tool Holder" .A must have cutting tool holder for the lathe .Cuts off the end of the tool not the side . Comes with sharpening jig and everything you need. Examples on You Tube
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Tooling question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ditto McMaster. Excellent product line. If they don't stock you don't need it.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:45 am    Post subject: Re: Tooling question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Second the Shars.com recommendation. You didn't say how large your lathe and mill are and it will make a difference in what tooling you purchase. I would start with a Shars turning tool set, pick one sized for your lathe and pay attention to the insert numbers. Then go to eBay and get HSS inserts for aluminum that fit the holders you bought. They also work great on mild steel and produce a finish much better than carbide inserts.

http://www.shars.com/products/indexable-cutting/turning-toolholders?turning_toolholder_category=Turning+%26+Boring+Sets

Then buy a boring bar set. Again sized to fit your lathe tool holders.

http://www.shars.com/products/indexable-cutting/boring-bar-set

For the mill just get a set or two of HSS end mills in both 2 flute and 4 flute. Use the 2 flute on aluminum and the 4 flute on mild steel. This and a good set of drill bits will take care of about 75% of your tooling needs, from there you can add stuff as it is needed for the job at hand.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:45 am    Post subject: Re: Tooling question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

X3 on Shars and the items you suggest are right on. Also purchase a quick change tool post of the lathe. The imported tooling is just fine for home shop use as long as a person stays away from the bottom end.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:24 am    Post subject: Re: Tooling question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That is a nice kit.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:42 am    Post subject: Re: Tooling question Reply to specific post Reply with quote


It all depends on what you have for equipment. If you have a light duty Lathe/Mill combo or an Atlas or something like that, go with HSS and look at the stuff "Little Machine Shop dot com" has. Bigger stuff is stiff enough for carbide, but HSS is still very, very viable. Agree about learning to grin your own tools.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:45 am    Post subject: Re: Tooling question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Watch youtube, a lot of learning
there.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:26 am    Post subject: Re: Tooling question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is the link I should have posted for Turning Sets...

http://www.shars.com/products/indexable-cutting/turning-toolholders?turning_toolholder_category=Turning+Sets

You can learn to grind you own HSS tools if you want but in the meantime you can start making parts. Don't forget the HSS inserts off eBay, very important regardless of what size machines you have.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:36 am    Post subject: Re: Tooling question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You might want to add some reamers to your wish list also. This my steam engine project,maybe 20 dollars in bras fittings,the rest was just scrap iron.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:15 am    Post subject: Re: Tooling question Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Get your measuring stuff squared away first. I've been messing around with a mill or lathe 50 years, but I found out about back plunger dial indicators just last year. They are great to sweep the mill table, the dial is facing up, so I don't have to squat down to see a regular indicator. I bought a used Starrett kit for $100 on ebay....

Videos will give you a lot more info than any book, I got a bunch of books, but if you need to do something special, find a vid.
 
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