Posts Tagged ‘Gouge’

The Rapidly Rising Cost of Steel

July 3rd, 2012 by
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I remember the halcyon days when M2 high speed steel (HSS) turning tools hit the market. No longer did we have to worry about burning at the grinder, and HSS tools held an edge forever — compared to plain carbon steel, anyway.

The last decade has seen a proliferation of turning tools made from exotic powdered steels. Powdered refers to the manufacturing process where iron, with the necessary alloying elements, is mechanically mixed in powder form, then sprayed into a furnace where the powders become plastic but do not melt. The resulting blob is cold worked to form bars for machining. Powdered metal technology allows much higher amounts of alloying metals such as vanadium (which increases edge holding) than conventional blast furnace manufacture. The price of such special handling is significantly higher, but PM steels give extraordinarily longer tool life for metal cutting.

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A(nother) Quick Look at the New April Issue

February 23rd, 2011 by
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In addition to Chris Marshall’s preview of our April 2011 issue, Editor in Chief Rob Johnstone put this video together for those of you that would rather listen & watch than read.

Don’t have the issue yet? Click here to buy!

Matt Becker
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A Quick Look at the New April Issue

February 11th, 2011 by
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Punxsutawney Phil might be taunting us with the promise of an early spring, but winter here in Ohio (where I live) still holds us in an icy grip. Still, like the postal carriers vow, neither snow nor sleet will keep us here at the magazine from bringing you new projects, tools and techniques in your April issue. And, in just a few days, those diligent mail carriers will be bringing a copy to you. But, why wait? Here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming your way.

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