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Does anyone have any experience with these turning tools? Are they worth the cost?
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It depends. They are certainly easy to use and never need sharpening. You will have to replace the cutter occasionally. You need 2. The flat one won't do bowl interior very well, you need the round one for that.
I am a fan of the Hunter tools. http://www.hunterwoodturningtool.com/
the new one Hunter Hercules will do both interior and exterior on bowls. It is extremely easy to use and there are advanced techniques you can do with it to give you a much cleaner finish or let you turn curved bowl lips or closed over bowl lips that would be hard to do with the easywoodtools. I plan to do a video on these advanced technique but haven't had time yet and it may be week or two, I'm kind of busy right now. You can find my current videos on the use of the other Hunter tools and Mike Hunter's video on using the Hercules on his site.
Mikes cutters are also carbide and you will have to replace them eventually. however they do hold an edge for a long time. I've been using my #4 for 2 years. Not constantly but when I need a super clean cut or when someone comes over I usually let them play with it. It has many hours of use.
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Thanks John, I will check out the referenced web site.
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try making it first.

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I agree w/ the "make one yourself"

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I like the idea of making the tool for youself,but only thing I must have missed,where do you buy the cutters from???Thanks;Mack
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You can buy the cutters from Rockler, Woodcraft, Hunter and Easy Wood Tool.
I watched Cap'n Eddie and was ready to buy the cutters for $20 and some steel for $whatever and then turn the handle and then hope it worked.

Then I went to Woodcraft and actually looked at the machining and precision of how the cutter fits onto the steel shaft, I said no way am I ever going to make anything close to this with the tools I own..

Some of you talented folks probably keep right up with the Cap'n and have the right tools and can make great stuff. Others, like myself, look at what I am capable of and invest in tools that someone else has fine tuned and gone through the trial & error.

Learning more about tools everyday
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Found it,sorry;Mack
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Then I went to Woodcraft and actually looked at the machining and precision of how the cutter fits onto the steel shaft, I said no way am I ever going to make anything close to this with the tools I own.
you have to have some machine shops near you, Ill bet you could walk in there with a picture and the cutting bit and they would build it for you minus the handle for under 50 bucks. including the steer bar and the hole being tapped nice and straight. your still saving 70 bucks.

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Take a look at the tools here www.woodchuck-tools.com
I have the PenPro and love it. On most pens and such it is the tool from start to finish. Outstanding fit and finish on the tool and Ken is a great guy to deal with.
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you have to have some machine shops near you, Ill bet you could walk in there with a picture and the cutting bit and they would build it for you minus the handle for under 50 bucks. including the steer bar and the hole being tapped nice and straight. your still saving 70 bucks.
I had mine made (the tapped bar) at two for $20

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