In our ongoing efforts to introduce and inform newcomers to woodturning we are going to discuss a few basic principles related to the different shaped carbide inserts for woodturning projects. Although this entry may read much like our recent posts on diamond and square, it is geared to be a useful and educational outline for newcomers to woodturning. Admittedly, we’re also working on our SEO rankings, but don’t let that discourage you from reading further. Round carbide inserts have a specific use on the lathe and in your tool box. Basically, round inserts are great for curves and rounding and even hollowing small forms. They are most commonly used for finishing and detail work. There are many youtube vids on woodturners demonstrating techniques. Round carbide inserts come in a variety sizes and cutting angles to fit many different tools, especially our popular AZ Carbide Hollowing systems including the Little Hogger and Pro Hogger. AZ carbide carries not only it’s own inserts but makes a square insert to fit the Carter , Rikon and other custom tool lines.
Carbide provides better rigidity than steel. Carbide is tough and extremely heat resistant and used for high speed applications on the lathe. Carbide itself has enjoyed a long and popular reputation of being a longer lasting and stronger with most applications of carbide tools being for cutting. Everything from saw blades to ball point pens have a sharper longer lasting edge. Carbide tips do eventually dull. Sharpening uses the same techniques as tool steel, but because they are so hard, you use a different abrasive. Something coated in diamond or carbide abrasion wheel is commonplace. However, the beauty of carbide is that they are affordable, and can be thrown out when dull. Many woodturners use a combination of both carbide and steel. Check out the blog where we weigh in on that here.
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