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24th Feb 2017, 10:05 AM
If anyone has a 2" skew for sale I would like to buy (with or without handle).
Thanks, Drillit.

24th Feb 2017, 12:21 PM
If anyone has a 2" skew for sale I would like to buy (with or without handle).
Thanks, Drillit.

There is a line by Peter Child in his book, The Craftsman Woodturner, along the line of "anyone who can use a 2 inch skew does not need to be reading this book".

If you are near a company that either uses big planers, or one that sharpens planer blades, you might could find one or more 2" X 12" high speed steel planer blades for near scrap price. Once they are sharpened enough to get too narrow, they can't be used.

I bought a set of four 2 1/2 X 12 X 3/8 inch for $15 some years ago at auction. Nice shiny and newly sharpened. They were with a bunch of tools but no planer.

24th Feb 2017, 06:39 PM
I had to make mine and it was out of a nice bit of tool steel. Only use it for planning cuts as it has a 70 degree skew. With 25 degree bevels.
It has scared the God squad away from my house as I walked down the driveway to see who was ringing door bell!

25th Feb 2017, 10:19 AM
Paul39 and Chuck1,
Thanks I have tried to get some tool steel or blade at 2"x3/8x12 (or 50x10x200) without luck so far.
I want it for planing cuts only (obviously). I know they are about, but as scarce as hen's teeth.
Anyways maybe TT sale to-morrow. There was a guy on the Forum who made turning tools (some years ago), if anyone
remembers those details and can let me know, I could get in touch with them. "Ray..." something? Thanks, Drillit.

25th Feb 2017, 11:06 AM

Truck Springs!!! There is a place near me that repairs truck and motor home springs. I had read about people making lathe tools from truck springs and went by there and asked if I could buy a piece or two of broken spring. I was told to help myself out of a scrap bin.

I took three pieces and left $5.00 for their coffee fund. One was about 18 inches long and tapered down to a thin edge. It is a most wonderful prying tool for taking salvaged lumber apart. I made a scraper from one. It did fine.

Also the tip ends of bush hog mowers:


I was walking along a RR track a few years ago and found some half inch thick chunks of metal with pieces broken off. I think they were tips of a machine that the RR uses to cut brush and trees off the right of way. I figured if they were hard enough to shatter they would probably sharpen well enough to cut wood. They are still in the shed, untouched.

25th Feb 2017, 12:18 PM
This 6mmx50mmx200mm Blades High Speed Steel Handy Lathe HSS Tool Bit | eBay (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/6mmx50mmx200mm-Blades-High-Speed-Steel-Handy-Lathe-HSS-Tool-Bit-/301988255574?hash=item464fe71756:m:mjvZiHYFKRqsE-S0EMdYGFQ) is a bit thin

but maybe OK if just planning cuts. Phil

25th Feb 2017, 01:01 PM
Have you tried bohilert, think that is spelt wrong German toolsteel S600 I have a few skews made out of it.

Uncle Al
25th Feb 2017, 08:22 PM
I have 2 skews made from Bohler S600 material. Fabulous stuff, don't know if it is still available and in what sizes. I have had them for nearly 30 years, still going strong. Highly recommended if you can still get it.