|Review by USCJeff||posted 11-26-2009 04:51 PM||3716 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I’m not the type of woodworker with a lot of discretionary income to throw at every cool tool that hits the shelves. However, I am the type that might spend a little more for simplicity and ease of use to maximize the limited time I actual have to play in the shop. I was in Kentucky last weekend for a funeral (Grandpa – 83 years, struggled with Parkinson’s, comforted now that he free of illness, but is missed!) and passed a Woodcraft store. My Dad and I dropped in so I could pick out a BDay present. Torn between a LN #4 plane and this tool, I opted for the Turning tool as that’s what I’m doing currently in the shop.
I had used the Ci1 Rougher for about a minute at my local dealer in South Carolina and was impressed how fast it hogged off stock. After talking with an employee doing a demo, he advised to get the Ci0 if only getting one as it is more versatile. It doesn’t take the stock off quite as fast as the Ci1, but it is much faster than the Ben Best tools I use. It’s about twice the length of a standard lathe tool. Very Comfortable feel to it.
As far as use, the set up couldn’t be simpler. The rest is set so that the cutting disc is centered to the stock. The tool itself is held parallel to the floor. I was stripping some spindles from a rocking chair I’m restoring and it removed the old finish as well as left it smooth with little time and effort. I haven’t tested it on a true bowl, but did play with it as far as smoothing a contour after hollowing and it cut smoothly in both directions.
The disk can be rotated as it dulls by using a wrench. I can’t speak in regards to how long it will remain sharp yet. Only been in use a week.
The downside . . . cost. It runs over $140. Considering the advertised longevity and replaceable cutter, I see it as a one time purchase that will last longet than I do if taken care of. Replacement cutters were in the $10-$15 ballpark if I remember right.
Still want the LN #4 plane, but no regrets with this purchase. On a side note, the guy doing the demo had stripped his handled and dyed it KY Blue, Go Cats!
-- Jeff, South Carolina