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John Morris posted a topic in Wood TurnersIntroduction @Jim from Easy Wood Tools contacted us a time ago and asked us if we knew of a turner here on The Patriot Woodworker, who is experienced, and open minded to new tooling and designs, in order to fill a product testing position. Of course we could think no further than our own Lew Kauffman, our Wood Turners Forum host. After some back and forth and information gathering between interested parties, Lew was hired on an as needed, on call basis to test Easy Wood Tools products. Album by Lew Kauffman Candle holders by Lew Kauffman We are pleased to announce Lew Kauffman as an official Easy Wood Tools product tester. Lew is a highly experienced turner, he knows the industry and he has the pulse of the turning world. Lew's work speaks for itself, from bowls to chairs to candle holders (shown at left) and various other vessels and forms, he has proven himself to be a great asset to our own organization here as a form host, and now he is being called upon into service by our own supporter, Easy Wood Tools. What happens next Easy Wood Tools will occasionally send Lew a tool to test, and review. There will generally be three kinds of reviews that Lew will perform for Easy Wood Tools. Reviews of tools in the development stage, not market ready, but in development. These reviews are confidential, these are intended for product feedback between Lew and EWT only. Reviews of tools ready for market entry. These tool reviews may or may not be accessible by the public. Reviews of tools that are in open market, these reviews will be publicly accessible, as a review topic here in our community of that particular tool, and the review will be displayed throughout our newsletters and social media. Lew's reviews, both to our community here, and Easy Wood Tools, will be open and un-biased. We would expect nothing less of Lew. So without further adieu, perhaps @lew will step in and offer up some words, and this topic is open to any and all feedback and attaboys for Lew. Thank you for reading along, and thank you Easy Wood Tools for entrusting our very own Lew Kauffman with this important task at hand.
In today's Email.....Paul Sellers was doing a review of a new drill from Aldi's.....18v Lithium ion. Seemed very pleased with it. Cost him about 24 pounds ( English money). Seems to think it will do the same as his DeWalt 18v. Seem to be about the same size. I guess I will have to keep a eye out around this side of the "pond" and see what they look like. Just a heads up...
First, let me say a big thanks to all the powers that be that made this program possible, without which, there would be no program OK so now, lets get to it. Above all, the tools are simple to use. If you are sharpening challenged, these tools are for you, If you like to be able to just turn the blade to a sharp part after the previous area is dull, then these are likely right up your alley. If however, you have been turning for 20+ years and have learned ways of sharpening tools, then these turning tools may not be what you need. all of these turning tools are great. Because of the fact that they use carbide cutters, they stay sharp for a good long time, providing many hours of turning bliss. Whether you get the midi tools or the full size tools, you really can't go wrong. The one drawback on these tools, is that no matter what size you get, you should only use them to their recommended depth of 3 to 4 inches. Going beyond that, is asking for catches, and possibly damaged/broken tools. The one thing I would like to see in the near future, is a tool that can go deeper, without having to worry about a problem of breakage. Perhaps that is in the works, I don't know, but it would be great to see. This is where most advertisers would say "BUT WAIT", there is also the Easy Wood Chuck, that has been added to the arsenal. This tool although I have not used it, I have seen it work and it is nothing short of amazing, due to the fact that you can easily switch out jaws without having to remove screws or reinstall screws,which makes using this chuck a breeze. Hopefully I can get one of these soon, we'll see. I think first though I will try getting the hollowing tools, I was hoping to get a chance to review those, but it didn't work that way, so stay tuned, because as soon as I can get a chance to do so, I will be trying them out. OK It's looking like I got a bit off track LOL (I do that a lot). Whether you are turning finials, boxes, bottle stoppers, pens, or bowls, this entire system is the best I have seen yet for the price. Hey, if you make pens or other very small items and are looking for something to give it a try without getting into the price of the full size tools, try the Easy Start tools, they are just as good as their bigger brothers, except that you CANNOT work them as deep as the bigger tools. 1 1/2-2" Is all they are really safe for. I have the Easy Start Detailer, I bought for Christmas a few years back, and it does great for detailing small things!
Pica is the name. This is the finest marker I've ever used. It can be sharpened to a very fine point with it's own sharpener, it's lead is thick and sturdy, and best of all, it erases easily yet will not smear or wipe off with handling. I don't know how to embed a video so here's a link. I bought mine from Woodcraft.
This is a continuation of the Easy Wood Tools review. Included in the â€œkitâ€ were Easy Woodâ€™s three basic turning tools: The Easy Rougher, The Easy Finisher and the Easy Detailer. These were the mid sized tools. The first thing you notice, when picking them up, is the comfortable design and the quality of the finish. The long handles and square tool bars provide excellent control. I found virtually no vibration during the turning process, even when the tool was extended over the tool rest. Easy Wood has even provided a â€œsafetyâ€ marker to indicate the maximum safe overhang during turning. I used each of the tools during the turning the projectâ€™s base, starting with the Easy Rougher. I only used the Rougherâ€™s square cutter; however, the radius cutters were included in the kit. The base of the project was walnut. The Rougher peeled off ribbons of shaving better than any of my sharpest gouges. I had thought that the square cutter might dig in at the corners but this was not the case. I had absolutely no trouble making flat cuts across a long surface. The flat cutter worked exceptionally well to do beading cuts, also. Next, I tried the Easy Finisher to make cove cuts in the walnut. Just like the Rougher, shavings peeled off effortlessly. I had used the Finisher to hollow out the inside of the vessel but the cutter was still sharp and left a smooth surface. The bowl portion of the turning was saturated with CA glue to stabilize the punky spalted wood. Even that did not dull the finisher's cutter. The straight tool bar worked well for hollowing the modest curve on the inside of the vessel- this can be seen in the previous video of the chuck review. Finally, the Easy Detailer made quick work of the transitions between various parts of the base turning. Not only could I create small recesses, the sides of the long point can be used almost like a wide scraper to finesse a delicate profile or assist in making beading cuts. A couple of things I needed to get used to when working with these tools. I found I had a tendency to set the tool rest a little too high for optimum cutting. But, after a while, the positioning was much easier. The other thing I needed to get use to was to present the tools 90Â° to the work piece; unlike most traditional turning tools which are mostly used with the handle angled towards the floor- another easy adjustment on my part. In the â€œif I had my wishâ€ department, Iâ€™d like to see a detailing cutter with a squared off point in addition to the rounded one. It is nice to be able to add crisp corners to the bottom of some small cuts. A short video (~ 3 minutes) showing the tools in use- along with the Easy Chuck. I removed all of the sound. YouTube flagged a couple of my videos. Apparently the background music from the oldies station was clear enough to cause copyright concerns. Cecil B. DeMille certainly has nothing to worry about. Next week, the finished turning and some final thoughts.
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