Suddenly, I'm a bowl turner!

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Forum topic by TheWoodNerd posted 08-22-2010 11:03 PM 1086 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2010 11:03 PM

I’ve always wanted to turn bowls, I just think they’re so cool. Over the years, I’ve tried and been a miserable failure. I just couldn’t master the inside, constantly getting huge catches, taking out chunks or having the tool cut a nice spiral trough.

Then I got a chance to try out the Easy Wood Tools. I was so impressed after a few minutes that I plunked down $450 for three of them.

So, after a few more minutes of practicing, I decided to tackle my old nemesis. I had an old bowl blank that I had given up on last year. I put it in a chuck and started going to town. I was having such success that I caught the rest on video.

If you want to see a bowl butcher turn into a bowl turner before your very eyes, check it out!

Oh, and before you say “it’s just a scraper”, no, it’s not. I’ve tried scrapers before, this is something a little different. I can’t say why, exactly, but it is.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#1 posted 08-22-2010 11:31 PM

I’ve been using the easy rougher for some time and I am a big fan. Yes, it is similar to a scraper but you can be much more aggressive with it. It does not need constant re-sharpening like a scrapper and you use it parallel to the floor. You use most scrappers in a tilted down position.

I can clear away a lot of material in a hurry and I can also use the easy rougher to make those super fine scraping type cuts that cause the wood to just float away.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 01:45 AM

very cool, thanks for sharing the video!

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#3 posted 08-23-2010 01:53 AM

you make it look too easy, ...... nice lathe too!!

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#4 posted 08-23-2010 02:27 AM

Count me as a fan, also. These tools are great!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-23-2010 02:28 AM

you make it look too easy

With these tools, it is easy. That’s what blew me away, I was immediately successful at something I had utterly failed at before. I know they’re expensive, but wow!

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#6 posted 08-23-2010 02:30 AM

Hey, Rich: Which rougher cutter do you prefer? The R4 came with it, I’m wondering the straight cutter would be easier to get smooth exterior cuts. Or if the R2 would work well. Heck, they’r so cheap, I’ll probably just get one of each …

-- The Wood Nerd --

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