Tool Holder Inserts
© Frank Ford 2005; Photos by FF

Most of my work is fairly small. I made up some inserts for my quick change tool holders so I could use the smaller sizes of high speed steel tools more easily.

As you can see, the inserts are simple blocks of cold rolled steel milled to accept 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" steel tools. I was most concerned about the smaller ones, but while I was at it, I added in the 1/4" size.

I made each insert the same width and length of a standard tool holder, and left a little tongue hanging out about a quarter inch to add a little support to those tools.


The tongue is enough narrower than the standard tool size to allow clearance for deeper cuts.


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