Metal Lathe Tools : Boring Bars
- Angles shown are good for hobbyists; grinds for production shops should consult a specialist.
- When both a relief and a clearance angle are outlined (e.g., Side Relief and Front Relief), this is done to facilitate easier resharpening.
- It is analogous to Secondary Bevels on woodworking chisels.
- Resharpening should be done when the wear land reaches 1.5 mm (1/16 inch) high.
- Angles shown are for either Carbide or HSS
- Angles shown are the effective angles, not the ground angles. Effective angles are increased or decreased, based on the angle by which the tool is presented against the work. Additionally, the vertical alignment of the tool (vs. the center line of the work) can also change the effective Front Relief Angle.
- All angles are given the nomenclature designated by the American Standards Association (ASA).
Carbide vs. HSS
||Max Usable Temp. *
||950 - 1,100 °F
* Temperature at which the tool material begins to soften appreciably. For HSS, it depends on the level of cobalt in the HSS.
Notes & Comments
If grinding this on a high speed grinder, be sure to manage the temperature so that the temper is not lost due to overheating. If there is a carbide insert, DO NOT cool by dipping in water. This will cause the carbide to crack due to shocks. Otherwise, cool by dipping as needed in water.
For resharpening, a contour gauge like shown below is recommended. One should be made for each tool, and it should be numbered to match the tool's number.
Books & Papers
- The definitive source is Leo J. St. Clair's book from 1952 titled, Design and Use of Cutting Tools. He was working in the industry as it was changing from HSS to carbide, so both are covered well. His experimental data helps validate or disprove many theories. Unfortunately, this book is hard to find.
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