Tell me about lathe bits.
Last time I ran a metal lathe was when I was in 9th grade.
So it has been a few years.
I seem to remember that we used HSS cutting bits.
How can I obtain some of these bits now.
I need a cut-off bit.
Can I just go get some 3/8 square HSS stock and grind it into a lathe cutter?
Or do I need to get actual lathe bits.
I think I read somewhere that old HSS drill bits can be
ground into lathe bit shapes. Is this true.
This would work in a pinch for me but I really need square bits.
I'm trying to design a machine for cutting metal here at home.
Think of a plotter but replace the ink pen with a cutter bit.
It would be great for making highly accurate cuts in small pieces of flat steel.