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Forum topic by Jerry Maske posted 11-08-2015 08:40 PM 670 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jerry Maske

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11-08-2015 08:40 PM

Easy Wood Tools seem to be the rave these days. Anyone tried them? I got my hands on a set of Midi models and liked them for bottom and detail work. Clearly they won’t replace traditional tools, but the darn things are easy to use and I’d like your thoughts.

Jerry


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TheDane

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#1 posted 11-08-2015 09:42 PM

This subject has been beat to death here … some like them, some don’t.

I think it is a lot of $$$ for a scraper.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Bill White

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#2 posted 11-08-2015 09:55 PM

The Dane has the response.
I use ‘em for some turnings, and have gotten them from Capt’n Eddie Castelin. Cutters and bars. I turn the handles. WAY less expensive.
Bill

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jfoobar

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#3 posted 11-08-2015 11:01 PM

I would agree that they are way too expensive and would strongly recommend one of the less expensive options if you want these tools.

I own the easy rougher (Ci1) and the easy finisher (Ci0) and only ever use the easy finisher situationally now due to its convenient circular shape. It is sometimes just what the doctor ordered to tidy up an inside curve on an ogee or something. But it is truthfully pretty rare that I pull it out of my tool drawer.

I bought them both on a whim a few years back and kind of regret buying the Ci1 to be honest. I can hog wood away just as fast if not faster with a bowl gouge and pull cuts and a good berdan is much more useful IMHO for tight 90-degree scraping.

Craig Jackson, the man who started the company, is a heck of a nice guy but now that he has sold the company, I don’t even have that reason to give them money.

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Jerry Maske

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#4 posted 11-09-2015 12:30 PM

Thanks, folks. I’ve gotten some of this on other boards as well, so you guys are on line. And I agree with most of it. I find the finisher tool is useful but not the only tool that will do what it does. The detail tool, however, is a big enough tool to be comfortable in making lots of rings, for example, on the bottom of a bowl. It doesn’t seem to tear out the end grain as badly as others either. And rougher? Haven’t tried it. I use a big gouge to take off nasty stuff and move pretty fast with it.

So I guess the bottom line is that they are useful but expensive and not necessary. In the hands of someone that can’t use a bowl gouge, that may be different, so lets leave it at that. They do what they are advertised to do. Are there better ways?

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Nubsnstubs

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#5 posted 11-09-2015 02:01 PM

Rings? That’s about the only thing I use mine for. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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jfoobar

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#6 posted 11-09-2015 04:06 PM


The detail tool, however, is a big enough tool to be comfortable in making lots of rings, for example, on the bottom of a bowl. It doesn t seem to tear out the end grain as badly as others either.

For making rings on the bottom of a piece, I have yet to find a tool better than the D-Way teardrop tool. Because of the way that the tip is presented to the work (on a down angle), it leaves a pretty clean surface.

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