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#1 posted 11-26-2017 06:50 PM

Ginasdad: Anyone who says that carbide on wood will always act as a scraper is mistaken. If you look at Mike Hunter’s carbide cutters, for example, they are not the flat piece of carbide used by companies like Easy Wood. Mike’s are a dished carbide cutter, with which you can ride the bevel and take cutting shavings, not scraping shavings. In fact, Mike’s tools do not make good scrapers at all.

There are other tools similar to Mike’s; they use dished cutters also. You can look on Youtube for videos of John Lucas demonstrating Hunter tools to see that carbides are for more than scraping.

It is not unreasonable, therefore, to believe that your tools may be capable of more than scraping. I would like to see a picture of the tools/cutters you made to see if that is the case.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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