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This page is intended to give  lots of ideas for tools which can be made yourself for those special tasks. It is not intended to replace the very good manufacturer’s tools you already have and use.

Methods of construction will vary according to the materials you use and your expertise in fettling.

Very few things give more satisfaction than using a home made tool.

Made from an old 1/2” chisel. Ideal for inside hollowing of boxes

Round ended scraper

Made from an old 4 mm chisel. Ideal for inside hollowing of small boxes

Small square ended scraper


Made from an old 1/2” chisel. Ideal for inside hollowing of boxes

Round ended scraper

Made from an old 3.5 mm allen n key. Ideal for inside hollowing of boxes

Small Round ended scraper

Made from an old 1/2” chisel. Ideal for inside hollowing of barometer cisterns

Square ended scraper

Made from an old 1/4” chisel. Ideal for making captive rings.

Captive ring tool

Made from an old 6 mm reamer. Ideal for parting off with minimal waste

Small parting tool side view

Made from an old 2 mm allen key. Ideal for hollowing mini goblets.

Small round ended scraper

Made from an old 6 mm reamer. Ideal for parting off with minimal waste

Small parting tool top view

Made from an old 3 mm allen key. Ideal for inside of miniature hollow forms

Small round ended scraper

3/16th Whitworth tap, showing essential wooden handle

3/16th Whitworth tap.

Made from an old 2 mm allen key for small goblet captive rings.

Small Captive ring tool

Click on images to enlargeHow to Make them

When grinding these small tools it is safer to use small grinding accessories such as are to be found  supplied by Dremel and Axminster PT Co.

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