I miss making my acrylic eggs so I bought a harbor freight mini lathe and a WEN LA4444 Chuck, The final piece of my puzzle is getting a handle for my negative rake carbide blade. All I see for handles are $100 +. I am just looking for something to get me through the downtime until the space is live again. Anyone have some advice on where I can buy one cheaper, or have one they want to sell, or even rent for a couple of months?
what does the raw tool end look like. A tang of some sort or round bar?
OneWay handles have a 1/2" hole on one end and 5/8" on the other and $58 for their longer handle.
They are also available at Craft Supplies USA. I’d be surprised if Wood World didn’t have one on hand.
A few of us have purchased these for our own tools/home shops. You’re looking a little cheaper ($70) per tool handle, or the set for $175. They take the same size cutter as the EasyWood tool heads. I’ve used both the square and round head negative rakes on mine, and they work great.
I’m assuming your egg is small (<4"). You can probably get away with a carbide pen turning set. These are much smaller (and cheaper) than the full size versions.
for $149 at Rockler (you can get a DMS 10% off discount at one of their stores).
There are cheaper versions on amazon $88 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZVGSRB6/ref=sspa_dk_detail_6?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07ZVGSRB6&pd_rd_w=dG7og&pf_rd_p=48d372c1-f7e1-4b8b-9d02-4bd86f5158c5&pd_rd_wg=UrbsU&pf_rd_r=DFEPN4KMWV644936RD1E&pd_rd_r=14e8da56-9177-4e94-902e-ec887658cbcb&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExN0RYQ1ZHVVRRVlkyJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTUwNDczMjc0RlZGM1VDVTc3SyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTQ4NDcyMVdWRFNUQUZCNTVZNiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbCZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
I made my own set of full and medium size carbide tools. I used 5/8" and 1/2" square 1018 steel stock (Metals for U or any online metal store for < $5 a foot). I used a belt sander to shape the end, then drilled and tapped a hole at the end. I turned my own handle. The official carbide cutters for the Easywood tools are expensive ($16-18 each). You can buy off brand carbide cutters on amazon for $5-$10. I can’t tell the difference between Easywood and non-Easywood cutters. Total cost was about $15 per tool. They aren’t perfect but in a head to head comparison done at the MakerSpace, I couldn;t tell a difference between my homemade and the Easy wood tools. There are videos on youtube on how to make these.
Good luck and stay safe!