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Posted: September.05.06 at 2:03am | IP Logged Quote misel

Hello everybody!

I am new to this page so hello to everybody.

I am trying to find some tools for cutting new toneholes in clarinets. I tried to look at Ferree´s, Allied, votaw tools and JLSmith, but I can't find anything like it any where. Maybe I am looking for the wrong thing!?

I would be very happy if somebody know where and what to buy for cutting toneholes.

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Jean-Michel
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Posted: September.08.06 at 7:04pm | IP Logged Quote admin

Hi Jean-Michel,

Welcome!

Can you explain further what you are looking for?  Are you looking for:

the tools to restore the bevel on the top of the tone hole? 
the tools to hold the clarinet in the drill press to drill out the damaged tone hole? 
the tools to machine your tone hole replacements? 

Thanks,
Michelle
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Posted: September.08.06 at 8:48pm | IP Logged Quote misel

Hi Michelle

Sorry for not explaining myselfe good enough.

What I meant was the tools to machine your tone hole replacements?

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Jean-Michel
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Posted: September.09.06 at 7:34am | IP Logged Quote LarryMueller

Jean-Michel,

Most people would use a small metal lathe. Any hobby sized
lathe would be large enough to machine tone hole inserts. I
would start by looking at lathes large enough to hold clarinet
joints at least, if you are going to spend that kind of money. The
long bed Sherline lathe is ideal, as is the Micro Mark 7 x 14
lathe. You're looking at a bit under $1000, with some
accessories. Do a google search, and you'll find this
equipment.

Don't have $1000 to spend on this? Don't be discouraged.
Any bench motor could work, although speed control would be
nice. You'll need some sort of "tool rest" or support for hand
held woodturner's tools, up close to the chuck. Modified
screwdrivers will work as cutters. Use a pointed tool to "pick
out" the center of the spinning insert. When you get it well-
centered, use the appropriate sized drill in a pin vise to cut the
hole. Use a woodworker's "skew" chisel or like-modified
screwdriver to shape the outside. The angle at which you hold
the blade to the insert makes a big difference. Generally keep
the angle kinda low, so it scrapes, and doesn't grab the tool out
of your hand as you work.

Great videos on metal lathe, and wood lathe techniques are
available from technicalvideorental.com and should supply a
fast learning curve. Good and cheap books are available from
Lindsaybooks.com

One of my projects for the near future is to post an article on
hand-turning small parts with a bench motor and screwdrivers,
complete with pictures. I'll try to get something up in the next
few weeks.

Larry
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Posted: September.09.06 at 7:35am | IP Logged Quote admin

Hi Jean-Michel,

Have you seen the tone hole cutter article from Larry Mueller?

Thanks,
Michelle


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Posted: September.10.06 at 3:48am | IP Logged Quote misel

Dear Larry and Michelle

Thank you for your answers, I appreciate them very much.

Thanks

Jean-Michel
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