Glaser mini review & put to the test. - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 Old 12-16-2011, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
Bill Wyko's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 290
View Bill Wyko's Photo Album My Photos
Glaser mini review & put to the test.

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

Last edited by Bill Wyko; 12-16-2011 at 04:18 PM.
Bill Wyko is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 12-16-2011, 01:17 PM
Senior Member
BigBull's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Overland Park, Kansas
Posts: 611
View BigBull's Photo Album My Photos
Thank you for the review. I'll deffently be looking into these when I shop for my next set of tools.

"Dear Lord, lest I continue in my complacent ways, help me to remember that someone died for me today. And if there be war, help me to remember to ask and to answer, 'Am I worth dying for?'"

Eleanor Roosevelt
BigBull is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 12-16-2011, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
Bill Wyko's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 290
View Bill Wyko's Photo Album My Photos
I also have a full size 15V which has become my go to tool. Now I'm working on a 10V. I may put an Elsworth grind on it, not sure yet. The difference from my old wood handle tools to these is so dramatic that I'll be ultimately changing over everything to these tools. Big plus for me anyway, it that I'm also suporting a company that makes their tools 100% in the USA. In these times (or any time), I feel that means something.

Last edited by Bill Wyko; 12-16-2011 at 02:51 PM.
Bill Wyko is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Glaser 15V review. Bill Wyko Woodturning 0 07-20-2011 03:47 PM
This is a Test toolman Steve SketchUp Help Forum 4 01-23-2010 02:44 PM
Mini Railroad Video/Mini Railroad Project YouNGwOOd Project Showcase 0 08-22-2009 03:32 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome