If you have been engaged with woodworking for an extended period or are new in the industry, you must hear the name- “Easy Wood Tools”.
Easy Wood Tools is well-known because it produces numerous woodworking tools. Along with the tools, it has publications, internet journals, and media sources that have covered their goods and projects.
Now, there are a lot of woodturning tools manufactured by them. But reviewing all the tools is not that easy. That said, our team still did the most challenging job to make your work easier.
So, here are the easy wood tools reviews that you might’ve been waiting for.
Here, we tried to give a short review of all of them. So, let’s not talk anymore and get into the product details-
1. Easy Wood Tools Rougher+Finisher+Detailer
At a Glance
- Material: Steel
- Part Number: 9520+9620+9720
- Dimension: 6.5 x 5 x 16.2 inches
- Item Weight: 1.6 pounds
Starting off with this combo of rougher, finisher, and detailer. This “Easy Wood Tools Combo” is a Wood-turning lathe tool of the highest quality. When you look at it, you’ll see that it was developed and manufactured entirely in the United States.
This set of easy start combos accepts unique replacement carbide cutters that have been specially designed. Here, the sharpening is no longer necessary. Also, these cutters feature a variety of sharp edges. And, the presence of Carbide retains its sharpness for a significantly longer period of time than steel.
Besides this, the weight of this easy wood tools combo is approximately 1.6 pounds. It’s a 3 piece. Here, the start combo set includes a rougher, a finisher, and a detailer.
And, this set of easy start combos makes your woodworking far easier. Let’s speak more about it-
This combo set is made of maple handle and stainless steel. The highly durable construction of each piece is making it long-lasting. Also, it’s way easier to grip as the handle is made of maple.
Other than that, it has a solid finish in the handle which helps to grip tightly. So, you won’t miss out on the grip, by any means!
On the other hand, each piece of this combo has a 12.5″ total length; a 9″ maple handle; a 3.5″ by 3/8″ square CNC machined stainless steel bar. Due to this solid construction, the tools are solid as well. Added to this, the tools are lightweight and compatible. You can carry it anywhere. This does a great job as the tools are easily portable.
When it comes to turning, it greatly reduces the learning curve. There are no difficult angles to learn and retain. It’s a must-needed accessory in your gearbox.
2. Mid-Size Easy Rougher+Finisher+Detailer
At a Glance
- Material: Steel
- Part Number: 6601+6602+6603
- Dimension: 4.5 x 4 x 26 inches
- Item weight: 4.71 pounds
Well, moving down the table, we also have another combo set of “Easy Wood Tools”. Here, this particular combo set also includes three pieces of woodworking tools. And, these tools are Rougher, finisher and detailer!
The best feature of this combo set is, size of each tool. It’s a combo of mid-size easy rougher, finisher, and detailer. The item dimension is 5 x 4 x 23 inches.
Now, let’s move on to the specifications of this entire combo! Starting off with the weight of this easy wood tools combo, it is approximately 3.4 pounds. So, it’s a bit heavier than the previous one.
We’ve seen that the added weight does promote a lot of durability! Similar to the previous product, this is a 3 piece where you’ll find a rougher, a finisher, and a detailer.
Again, there are similarities because both of them are from the same brand. Due to this, the handle is made out of maple. There is stainless steel like our previous product as well.
Here, the highly solid and durable construction of each piece makes it long-lasting. That said, the entire tool is easier to grip as the handle is made of maple. That said, it has a solid finish in the handle which helps to grip tightly.
Here, the tools are lightweight and portable. Even though it’s a bit heavier, that won’t affect the portability much. The maximum reach is 3 inches. So, you get an idea or two about it.
3. Wood Turning Hollower Combo
At a Glance
- Material: Steel
- Part Number: 2200+6300+7300
- Dimension: 5 x 4 x 23 inches
- Item weight: 3.4 pounds
Now, at that point of our review, we have a Woodturning Combo Set from “Easy Wood Tools”. It’s mainly a combo of three-piece mid-size easy hollowers. There could be some similarities between this one and the previous product. But, we personally preferred the previous one more.
That said, we still admired how this particular product behaved. That’s why we’ve included this one too in the list. These “Easy Wood Tools” Hollowers are ideal for hollow form undercutting.
Here, in this combo, there are three combo accordingly #1,2,3. The #1 hollower completes the first stage of hollow form creation: boring the central hole and eliminating the majority of the material in the vessel’s core.
The #2 Hollower cleans out the vessel’s midsection and sides before preparing to undercut the rim. Lastly, the #3 Hollower helps clear out and undercuts the vessel’s sides and rim.
Apart from that, Stainless steel tools bars as well like the previous two products! These are CNC manufactured as well. The greatest reach of each instrument is 4 inches. Which is more than the previous product.
Also, the Maple grip is 14 inches in length and has a comfortable grip. Here a round Ci5 carbide cutter is included with each. “Easy Wood Tools” smallest cutter, with a diameter of 3/8 inch, is the smallest available.
Another thing you need to know is that when the cutter becomes dull, release the screw and spin the cutter’s 1/4 turn to make a crisp, new cut. Due to this operation, you’ll never have to conduct difficult lathe tool sharpening operations!
Here, to succeed in woodturning, a round cutter is particularly developed with the right grind, shape, and carbide grade.
The following tools are included in the set: 6601 #1 Hollower has 1/2 inch x 8-1/2 inch toolbars and a total length of 22-1/2 inches.
#2 Hollower has 3/8 inch x 3/8 inch x 3-1/2 inch toolbars and a total length of 22-1/2 inches. And, the #3 Hollower has 3/8 inch x 3/8 inches x 3-1/2 inch toolbars and a total length of 22-1/2 inches.
4. Ci3-NR (6400NR) Replacement Carbide Cutter
At a Glance
- Material: Carbide
- Part Number: 6400NR
- Dimension: 0.98 x 0.1 x 0.59 inches
- Item weight: 0.16 ounces
The fourth product on our list is a carbide cutter. It would be a perfect cutter for our first product which is a combo of east start!
Carbide Cutters from “Easy Wood Tools” not only eliminate chipping and catches, but also provide an ultra-smooth surface. Here, the “Easy Wood Tools” have done it once again, creating the very first carbide cutters. These are designed exclusively for turning resins & acrylics, as well as exceptionally thick hardwoods.
Let’s start looking at this one, here, the Ci3 Round Negative Rake Carbide Cutter is made to suit current “Easy Wood Tools’ ‘. Such as the “Mini Easy Finisher”, “Easy Start Finisher”, and “Mid-Size Easy Finisher”, that have a corresponding Ci3 bar.
Again the “Easy Wood Tools” are best in different operations. Like the Ci3-NR “Negative Rake Replaceable Carbide Cutter” is designed for cutting difficult-to-turn resins, acrylics, and extreme hardwoods, and includes a new mounting screw.
As we’re on this topic, let me tell you another thing. The patented negative rake carbide cutters (patent pending) are a game-changer when it comes to resin and acrylic.
Also, they’ll provide smooth, safe, continuous cuts, making it safer and simpler to turn man-made materials and super-hard woods…smoother finishes mean less sanding!
Smoother finishes also mean less sanding! These tools are 100% designed and manufactured in the United States of America.
5. Ci1-R4 Radius Carbide Cutter (1400)
At a Glance
- Material: Carbide
- Part Number: 3505
- Dimension: 0.79 x 0.1 x 0.59 inches
- Item weight: 0.32 ounces
The last product on our list is another “Carbide Cutter”. It would be a perfect cutter for “Easy Wood Tools” mid-size hollowers!
Again, this is the best tool for hollow form undercutting. The “Easy Hollower” was created to provide a revolutionary new technique to hollow form turning. This Patent Pending tool enables anybody, regardless of skill level, to create professional hollowing results with almost the littlest efforts. The number of a replacement carbide cutter is inscribed on the toolbar.
Authentic Ci1-R4cutter” has the following dimensions- 580″ square by 100″ thick, 8-32 screw; intended to suit full and pro size roughers.
Also, the presence of ideal carbide grade provides the optimum balance of edge and durability. Most flat and truest cutting edges are produced by an optimal grinding procedure. To generate a cutting edge that cuts cleanly and securely, the proper geometric or cutting angles are machined.
When you’re ready to turn Resins, Acrylics, Extreme Hardwood, and/or other Man-Made materials, check out the Ci1 R4 NR. This patented negative rake carbide cutter, when utilised correctly, will avoid chipped catches and blowouts.
Tool Handles for Turning
Now, we’ve seen the review sections. It’s time to introduce the tools handles for turning. We’ve created this informative point to give you some sort of idea about the entire thing. Let’s begin-
Make the Fit More Comfortable and Effective
Woodturning tools used to come without handles, so turners would just make their own. This makes sense since a handle that fits and feels “correct” instills confidence in a turner.
Turning & installing your homemade handles is an excellent way to practice design, tight tolerance turning, and drilling hardwood on the lathe.
To get started, you may either buy tools without handles (it’s still an alternative) or remove the commercial handles (which is quite simple).
Make Use of Sturdy and Dry Wood
Starting off, choose material with a straight grain, especially for the handle’s tool end (use the strongest grain orientation for this critical area).
Traditional hardwoods, exotic timbers, and even locally harvested and dried woods are all viable possibilities. Pine, butternut, poplar, willow, spruce, and fir are all weak woods to avoid.
Also, you’ll need to check to see if the timber is dry. Allow the handle to settle for several days (or more) after drilling and drilling its initial hole if you have any doubts regarding the moisture content.
First off, a metal ferrule is required on every woodturning instrument handle to stiffen the junction between both the handle and the tool’s shank, or “tang.”
Ferrule stock may be found in hardware stores and scrap yards. Whereas, copper couplings, which are used to connect copper pipe and tubing, are among the best.
They come in a range of sizes and may be split in half to create two ferrules. Find a suitable diameter that permits enough wood to pass between the tool’s shank as well as the ferrule, generally at least 1/4′′–if in doubt, go with a bigger diameter.
How to Make a Handle?
By now, you’ll know a lot of reviews and informative segments. Before ending the article, we’d like you to know about another segment where we’ve introduced the ways of making a handle, all by yourself-
Let’s check the steps-
Step 1: Drill the Measurements and Clamp the Blanks
To start, you’ll need to drill a 3/8′′ dia. x 3/4′′ deep sample hole for such tang in the blanks as the first step.
Here, if the tang is less than 3/8′′, match the diameter of the pilot hole to the tang. The tang mounting end you pick should have straight grain and also be free of checks and knots.
Lastly, using a hand-held drill, clamp the blank in a vice.
Step 2: Place Centre With Cone in Projects Middle End
Place a live centre in the tailstock with a cone. When the blank is positioned on the lathe, the cone may automatically centre the pilot hole. If you will not have a cone-type live centre, cut a curved piece of wood that fits into the pilot hole.
Here, it needs to protrude approximately 1/2 inch beyond it. When mounting the blank, make sure the live centre’s point is at the middle of the projecting end. To use a spindle roughing gouge, round the ferrule end–of the whole blank.
Step 3: Turn Miter to Match and Align the End of Ferrule
To achieve a driven-on fit, turn a miter on the edge to match the ferrule’s length and internal diameter. To assist the ferrule start, trim the tenon’s end somewhat.
Here, you need to drive the ferrule all the way to the tenon’s shoulder, factory end first. This aligns the rough-cut end of the ferrule with the tenon’s end.
After replacing the blanks on the lathe, smooth off the rough edge. Use a mill file off the lathe if the edges are excessively rough.
Step 4: Place Bulbs to Contains Tang for Safety
Place a bulb above the area of the handles that will contain the tang for further safety. In the case of a catch or a dig-in, this gives maximum strength.
Step 5: Cut Blanks and Round Rear End
Cut the blanks to a little bigger diameter than the final size. Here, you’ll need to round the rear end of the handle with a detail/spindle gouge.
Step 6: Form the Handle’s Region into the Right Proportion
Next, you need to form the gripping region of the handles into the desired shape. Make sure you check the grip with the hand you’ll be using to operate the tool.
Here, shape the transition from the gripping region to the bulb as the holding area approaches perfection, but be careful not to make any portions too thin.
Step 7: Polish Handle and Drill the Tool at Right Depth
While the lathe is operating, finish polishing the handle & ferrule to 150 grit. To finish the task, switch off the lathe then sand with the grain. Next, start the drilling of the tang hole by removing the tool rest.
Here, the depth of the hole should be one-fourth to one-third of the tool’s length for round-tang tools. The hole for flat-tang tools should accommodate the whole tang, almost to the tool’s shoulder.
You need to install a Jacobs-style power drill in the spindle and a standard tapered-point bit (other bits will not precisely enter the pilot hole).
Here, you need to place the handle’s pilot hole against the bit, then raise and secure the tailstock. Next, advance the live centre to a wasted end of the tool handle’s centre hole. You need to put a full shield and turn the lathe at 400 and 600 rotations per minute.
Step 8: Power and Inspect
Lastly, power the lathe & inspect the handle for straightness. At the ferrule end, there should be minimal to no “ghosting.” Pause the lathe & re-center the drill in the pilot hole if you detect ghosts.
Once everything is operating smoothly, drill the hole in two steps: With one hand, grasp its spinning handle halfway back while rotating the tailstock’s handwheel with another. Here, Slow down!
If you encounter too much resistance, back out of the hole carefully to remove the chips.
Step 9: Enlargement of the Hole and Removal of Handle’s Back
If the hole has to be enlarged to fit round tangs bigger than 3/8′′ in diameter, just repeat the drilling process using a larger tapered-point bit.
To fit tools with flat tangs, drill stepped holes. Drill the tiny dia. hole the whole length of the shank, but just as far as is required for the bigger hole.
Next, you need to remove the handle’s back end from the lathe. Simply sand the waste after cutting it off with a handsaw.
Step 10: Insert Tool to Tighten and Inspect Again
Insert the tool into the handle and tighten it. This is a crucial stage. Begin by pouring a big amount of epoxy into the hole, since utilizing epoxy can fix the tool.
Here, you’ll need to grasp the tang with the handle. Stop approximately every quarter-mile to check for alignment.
Next, sighting both tool and handle in the same manner you would need to look at everything. So, look for any misalignment to the left or right, as well as up and down. To make adjustments, tap the instrument with the mallet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What makes a Micro tool different from a Mini tool?
Answer: The Micro is the smallest turning tool. With a total length of 9 1/4 inches, “With a single profile handle, it’s ideal for blade handles, pens, cutlery, wine stoppers, and other items. At 16 inches, Mini is next size up.
Question: When can I use the square cutter and a radius cutter?
Answer: Square cutters are great for roughing out your shape since they can eliminate bulk material quickly and efficiently. Radius cutters may be used to generate sweeping arcs and allow for some shaping. The larger the curve, or radius, of the cut, the higher the number (R4, for example).
Question: When to use a hollowing tool?
Answer: Go for one of the Easy Hollowing Tools TM if you want to make a hollow shape or a deep bowl. Their designs are particularly intended to let you securely work deep into your medium.
Question: When to use a rounded cutter?
Answer: Round cutters are excellent for smoothing interior and outside curves, as well as final shaping.
Question: Is it possible for me to sharpen my cutters?
Answer: Rather than sharpening your cutters, we recommend that you replace them. Sharpening the cutter may extend its life for a short time, but will not return the edge to its original factory state.
With that out of the way, it’s time to part ways. It’s been a long ride, but we hope you liked it. This article should help you find the best tool as we’ve provided easy wood tools reviews.
Don’t forget to get back to us when you’ve finally gotten your hands on the blade. Stay tuned for more content on woodworking. Good luck!
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