WeekendMiniaturist Posted July 8, 2015 Share Posted July 8, 2015 We used gravers to cut wood and metal in the Needlework Stand and Threadholder classes at Guild School. I placed an order for Gravers that included 1 Glensteel, 3 C-Max and 2 HSS Gravers mfg by GRS. They are easily available from GRS, Gusswein & Rio Grande in the US, and I'm sure other jewelry supply houses. I do not know much about Gravers, so thought that we may want to post a topic to discuss Gravers. I am in the process of making handles, I've turned 4 handles of the 7, and I was searching for instructions on YouTube for seating the handles. Mark Nelson's Tips on Successful Graver Installation indicates that he shortens the length of the tang before setting the HSS graver into the handle. The handles, at least are going well; It is probably taking me about 15-20 minutes to turn a basic handle, and I did only a little sanding... Has anyone set their own gravers in handles? I was watching other people hold bits and gravers in their hands while cutting on a lathe in different YouTube videos, and although I know it is quite possible, that doesn't seem the safest technique in the world, just holding some sharp piece of steel in my hands while a lathe is turning xx rpm... My Glensteel and C Max gravers are really small in overall length, they will not require cutting to insert in handles. I mention this only to increase your awareness and really examine what you are purchasing, hopefully you won't experience my "duh" moment. I did not print the pages before I ordered, but I did find that when I received the order and printed the page the overall length of the gravers was pretty accurate to what had printed. I wanted to try at least one of each kind of graver so I'll have a basis of review. Is there a general rule on the length of a graver? I was not measuring graver lengths in class. I did like that Bill had wine corks for the sharp end of the gravers... Do I start out and just set the graver in the handle and see if I need to adjust the length after I use the tool? Or do I just make my handle longer? Rosewood seems pretty popular, but what kind of wood do you like to use that does not split? I do not have a lot of 1 - 1/2" stock that I want to cut up for handles, so I used a maple that I found in husband's cut off pile...of course can go to the local store and buy stock for turning... I plan to take a woodburner and mark the end for the shape of the graver or use my dremel marking /engraver tool. Thanks - Tamra Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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