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Now you can make that ball and vase in less time.

I normally would not post a review for wood turning tools. These are the best I have ever held. But I am so impressed I do not even know where to begin. So here is the link to their website.

http://easywoodtools.com/

All I can saw is WoW. These are the finest cutting tools for wood work I have every used. These things cut so smooth its like cutting butter at room temperature with a knife and its even smoother than that.

The Woodcraft here has started to carry them. If you get a chance check these tools out. Well worth the price.

I own lots of Robert Sorby lathe tools and the difference between the two is night and day. The tips are amazing and the handles are very comfortable.

On a scale of 1 - 10 these are 10/10. Just wish they would put out some more profiles.

Just thought I would give you guys a heads up on these. Before the start selling like hotcakes and the dealers decide to raise the price due to demand.

Bill Montana

I am in no way affiliated with Woodcraft, Sorby or the maker of these fine tools.
MickeyPainless
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Hi Bill,

Those EasyTools have become quite popular especially among the hollow form and big bowl guys! I make most of my large boring bar type tools in the Oland tool design but have also made a few cutters with the replaceable carbide blades like EasyTool!

I also make many of my mini turning tools for the fine detail finials, smaller hollow forms and such. I LOVE making and using my own tools and I figure to date I've saved well over a grand on my turning tools alone!

My latest project is a captured bar boring system for getting deeper than 10 inches through a 1.5 inch opening! I can get about 5-6 inches free hand but it starts really taking it's toll physically after that so I'm admitting my age and going for an easier softer ride! Smile

MMc
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I use them on anything from pens with metal inserts in the segmenting to large bowls and hollow forms, they stay sharper longer, I hate sharpening, I have an older Tormek and a Wolverine too, I still can't get that super great edge, but I'm close.
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I've been making my full-time living turning wooden objects for the last three decades. I own six lathes, but only two of them began life as wood lathes. The other four are machinists lathes, and two of those are computer controlled. The wood lathes are just for sanding and other mundane tasks, and are never used for turning at all.

I don't care how fine or sharp the hand tools are, you can't get the precision with a wood lathe that you can with a metal lathe - but no matter what, you still need sharp tools.

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So is everyone using the replaceable blades now or are are you still sharpening?
One of my clients is still selling waterstones and is a vocal proponent of old fashioned hand sharpening.
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The best tools and machines are certainly a blessing of good fortune for those who can access them. But, any chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The link often overlooked in the excitement of greater tools and machines, is the user himself. There are some guys who could do more with lousy tools than most can do with the best.
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There's that old poem, The Master's Touch your poetic comment brings to mind. Forgive me if you know it already but it's great and worth reading if you've never:

It was battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
but he held it up with a smile.

"What am I bid, good people", he cried,
"Who starts the bidding for me?"
"One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?"
"Two dollars, who makes it three?"
"Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three,"

But, No,
From the room far back a gray bearded man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet
As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said "What now am I bid for this old violin?"
As he held it aloft with its' bow.

"One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?"
"Two thousand, Who makes it three?"
"Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone", said he.

..there's more but that's the gist of it.
...Your professional woodworking and "tender" loving care in the products you make, make the wait worthwhile. Thanks for all you do...

http://Sefalaljia.com
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That's nice, Tabby. Can you point me to the source?
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The Touch of the Master's Hand is the title.

Well, the people stared...
But some of them cried: "We do not quite understand!"
"What changed it's worth?"
Swift came the reply... "It was the Touch of the Master's Hand."

***
...Your professional woodworking and "tender" loving care in the products you make, make the wait worthwhile. Thanks for all you do...

http://Sefalaljia.com
Michael Baker
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Thanks!
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Looking at Tabbys pictures and web site show that it truly is "in the Master's hands". He does beautiful work with a minimum of fancy tools. Thanks for sharing with us Tabby and the inspiration you give us beginners.
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The possibilities with a metal lathe over wood a endless, if you do not have a lathe and are considering one, metal/machine is the way to go, and stay away from harbor freight, as they are a great value, they are not even close to precise, and for a beginner, that can cause a lot of heartache, and for a pro, you should not even think of it.
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With my Nova 1624 lathe I can turn 16" dia over the ways and up to 29" dia with the outrigger tool rest and rotating head stock. I'm afraid my shop NOR wallet would be large enough to handle a metal lathe with those capabilities! Smile

A small metal lathe IS on my want and wish list but for the wood turning I do my Nova and Jet keep up quite nicely!

MMc
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Mick, that Nova is an awesome lathe, I have a Jet mini and a general, but I find lately I am turning smostly high end pens, with mixed woods and metal, a little stone too.
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I guess I am just a traditionalist. I still use my high speed steel tools and sharpen them myself. I use a Oneway 1224 for small tricks and a Oneway 2436 for the larger pieces

I turn all of my pieces by hand using full size drawings templates and calipers. Does that make me an elitist? a tool snob?

I have used these new tools with carbide inserts and find them good only for turning alabaster but different strokes for different folks. There's room for everybody


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Angeloturn, where did you find alabaster? I have only seen that available out of Egypt. Love to get my hands on some. Also, can you turn it on a wood lathe?

thanks
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Thanks Mickey
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Yep that's the place. You can also try Utah Alabaster Supply

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Here is a pic of my first ever alabaster ball box

Angelo

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