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02-17-2014 10:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe turning resource

I am making the switch from Easy Wood Tools to traditional turning tools. Please let me know if you have Henry Taylor, Crown, D-Thompson, Sorby, etc. that you’d be interested in parting with.

Specifically looking for V-Shaped bowl gouges.


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#1 posted 02-17-2014 10:05 PM

Just wonderin’ why the switch. I don’t have any Easy tool, but they were a thought.

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 12:26 AM

They are a pretty good tool but I’ve also come to believe they have some limitations as compared to traditional tools. I’ve seen enough videos to be convinced they produce more tear-out and you can obtain greater variety of detail with the traditional tools. Anyways…thought I’d give them a try.

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 01:18 AM

Sorry – will not part with them. :o)

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 02:40 AM

I have some low end traditional tools and I’m looking to go the other way and get a decent length easy rougher and finisher. I’m hoping it will work out for me. You aren’t by chance selling any of your easy wood tools are you?

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 03:14 PM

Several good questions…

First…the EWT’s are very good tools for what they are (essentially a very nice ‘scraper’). But I’ve read enough comments and watched enough videos to ‘believe’ they may be somewhat limitiing.

Second…No, I’m not going to sell my EWT’s ‘just in case’.

Third…One legitiimate drawback of the EWT’s is the carbide cutters can get expensive to replace. Sadly, mine usually get too dull before I eithe ‘rotate’ the cutting edge or change them.

While I am looking to get some nice traditional tools to try out I still believe the EWT’s are quite good for what they are and I highly recommend them for beginners or even advanced turners who don’t want to deal with sharpening.

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 03:40 PM

I have both traditional tools and EWT’’s. My opinion may be skewed because I learned to turn with traditional tools and the process is quite different. I do agree that the EWT’s have some limitations. Carbide is just not as sharp as HSS. Also the “non traditional” profiles require a different technique.

On the flip side of the coin, I have attended some demos where some exceptionally thin and detailed hollow forms where turned from kiln dried wood with only easywood tools. So they are capable – it’s a different process

Also stop tossing your inserts. Get some small diamond hones and sharpen them. I use water as lubricant because carbide is dirty. You don’t need to sharpen the profiles – just lay the cutter with the flat side down and stroke it 6 times. I get 6 to 8 sharpenings out of a single insert.


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#7 posted 02-19-2014 03:59 PM

I have Robert Sorby Midi size tools available and want to move into EZ wood tools

3/8” Fingernail Bowl gouge
1/2” Spindlemaster
3/8 ” Spindle gouge
3/8” Bedan

Let me know if you’re interested

-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 03:16 PM

I began my turning experience with pens and really got into them, the pen community is very tied to EWT or insert type tools. They had their own manufacturer of the tools and lots of people made their own. I use a combination of both traditional and insert type tools. I now turn all kinds of things. If you have not used a round insert tool to “hog” out an inside of a bowl, you might want to try it….they can be very aggressive and useful. I still think I get a cleaner cut with a finger nail gouge on a bowl, but the insert tools are easy to use and don’t really require all the sharpening. So I just use my guide as a clean up or finishing tool. As Lumberjoe said, the inserts are sharpenable, unless you have you drop them and chip them…that is a deal breaker for sharpening.

I have made many insert type tools myself. It it not hard, and I have made all mine with just grinders and regular files. I have made the all from HF pry bar tools for the stock and the turn my own handles…..I have made 6 or 8 and use most of them. (and given a few away)....I have not figured a way to make the detail or triangular type insert….so that one I had to purchase. Try it…you can make your own for a few dollars…if any one is interested you can PM me, I’ll tell you what I did….It may not be right, but it worked for me.

-- Mike

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#9 posted 02-21-2014 03:16 PM


-- Mike

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