There's been a lot of talk about the Glaser mini QR tools. Some were concerned about the handle being too small, others about the way the tool goes in the handle and some about the price. I can honestly lay all that to rest.
My anticipation of these tools was like waiting fro Christmas day. Finally the box came in. I opened it to find a very nice canvas carry bag with the tools neatly organized inside. Some may thing there's not much use for the bag but I have 2 lathes, one at work and one at home. Try carrying an arm full of turning tools and you'll know right away how handy it is. Then I immediately had to slip one of the tools in the handle. It was such a nice fit that there is no noticeable play what so ever. The weighted handle has the heft of a big handle in a small package. So, so far, the tools had passed every test I had a concern about. Next was to anxiously wait to get home and put them to the real test.
I FINALLY got home and went straight to the shop. As with all new turning tools I fired up the wet sharpener and sharpened them to my desire. I think it's important to do this so your first impression will be base on how the tool will feel for its every day use.
Next I needed a blank to turn. I didn't have any tenons and didn't want to waste any more time so I came across a Quilted Maple blank I had started to rough out about a year ago and had set aside due to it's awful checking. It was turned on the outside but the inside was still solid.
It took a little getting use to but after a couple minutes the tool felt really good. Very easy to maneuver and was cutting like a big tool. I thought to myself "This thing has Napoleon syndrome" It's a little tool but don't tell it that because it thinks it's a big tool. To my surprise, the tool was making very smooth cuts and almost eliminated the punky checking that was what put this piece in the shelf a year ago.
When I started hollowing out the inside it was piece of cake. I actually started using it one handed. Then I told myself, that would be a bad habit to start and put my other hand back on it. In the end, the under cut was quite easy and I was able to turn down to 3/32". I feel the tools will get a lot of use and they were a great investment at about $77.00 bucks a piece
Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed my review. All comments and critiques are welcome.
Here's a size comparison. The Crown tool is a 1/4" parting tool and weighs 8oz. the Glaser weighs 1lb 2oz.
Here's the first vessel off the lathe