Cutting tools suffer severe abrasive friction and wear in high speed milling of graphite. Cutting forces were measured and analyzed using time-frequency analysis method to reveal the correlation between cutting force variations and tool wear evolution. The static and dynamic force components increased prominently with tool wear. The cutting force Fy was found the most sensitive to the tool wear evolution. The waveform of cutting force became periodic and irregular with the increase of tool wear. Good correlation was found between the first force harmonic and tool wear.