|Review by Marcus||posted 12-19-2013 02:41 AM||5512 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
So I’ll start off the review by saying that I am pretty new to turning, and very new to turning bowls. I’ve been using a 3/8” Sorby gouge and it works well. I’ve been watching a few videos of the easy wood tools on youtube and decided I had to get one. The price is more than your standard bowl gouge at $120 (and another $15 when you have to replace the blade), but cheaper than the Sorby carbide tools. I picked mine up at Woodcraft, and after talking to a few turners there who gave me pointers, I was feeling confident and on my way home. The first task was shaping the outside of the bowl. I was very impressed how easy it was to both shape the bowl with a bit of an aggressive cut and also get a beautifully smooth finish with a very light touch. Fluffy shavings Aftwere flying all over just like the youtube videos.
Where the tool fell short for me was on the inside of the bowl. It was extremely hard to follow the contour of somewhat of a steep curve I had made. After a couple of slight catches, I went back to the Sorby and was tearing through the inside of the bowl in no time. That brings me to the second thing that I did not necessarily like about the Easy Finisher…it was relatively slow to hollow out the bowl while using it. There is nothing like a gouge for getting through material fast.
Overall, I personally give Easy Wood Tools Easy Finisher 3 stars. I started out at 4 stars because of the hollowing issues I had. I bumped it down to 3 stars because of price. I would give my Sorby gouge 4 stars (just in case I find something that I like better, but I have no complaints). I would find it hard to give the Easy Finisher the same 4 stars seeing as I can do the same cuts with a cheaper tool. Having said that, this will probably be my go to tool when it comes to finishing the outside of bowls.