reamer metal: will this work?

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reamer metal: will this work?

Post by rgouette » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:19 am

Howdy,
I'm looking to try my hand on making a concert chanter: kind of a personal challenge..

I don;t have a lot of $ to spend on top shelf materials etc, but my question is this:
Will the steel rod sold at big box DIY stores work for making a usable tapered reamer, to use on
hard woods?
I'm reading that regarding the carbon content, the rods are: "This steel is a 1008"
I'm no expert in metals at all...
I'm planning on perhaps a "D" shaped cutting edge..maybe..

appreciate any input

cheers,
Rich

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Re: reamer metal: will this work?

Post by abhappy » Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:06 pm

Did you end up trying the steel? I'll be trying to make a reamer for a reg this Fall. My plan was to experiment with flat tool steel. I'm not sure which company I will order from, but something like this: https://www.metalsdepot.com/tool-steel- ... gIhpvD_BwE.
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Re: reamer metal: will this work?

Post by rgouette » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:37 pm

howdy, I did not end up buying the rod.
I wasn't hearing back here, so I posted on the Practical Machinist forum....
big mistake!
That crowd takes metal very seriously...mention 'lowes' steel, and prepare for a 'reaming'
;p
I did kick off a rather lengthy thread discussing my desire for a 14" tapered steel rod(wanted one long reamer)
Here ya go..
https://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/g ... red+rod%3F

I did buy a length of flat steel at Lowes the other day, to see if I could fashion something out of it, but haven't done much with it as yet..
I brought it to a local metalwork shop, and once I was able to make them understand what I wanted to do with it, they both agreed that it would twist badly, trying to ream something so long... hard to know unless you're doing it: I imagine that one could also do it the way the old makers did it, and affix a T-handle & turn by hand.
I'll be curious to know how you get on..
I have another friend online who is about to try his hand at a set of stepped reamers, which is apparently what O' Mealey ended up with as a model, (if I recall rightly)

I'm 95% done with my first concert chanter, and I am feeling the effects of not having proper reamer(s)
available.

Cheers,
Rich

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Re: reamer metal: will this work?

Post by abhappy » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:16 pm

rgouette wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:37 pm
I'm 95% done with my first concert chanter, and I am feeling the effects of not having proper reamer(s)
available.
What did you end up using for drilling and reaming?

I personally haven't gotten that far, as I had to put my making on the side because of gigs. My first pass idea was to try step drilling with drill bits or D bits, then reaming with a tapered piece of flat steel. We'll see when I end up finding the time to give that a try. I know it might not be ideal, but I'm not prepared yet to drop the money on either a metal lathe or machine shop made reamer.

Good luck with your chanter!
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