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What if you could turn all day and not worry about sharpening your tools? With the Ci1 Easy Rougher from Easy Wood Tools, when the edge gets dull you can just turn the cutter 90° and keep on turning.

The manufacturer CNC-machines the Ci1’s shaft from solid stainless steel bar stock. The shaft fits into a finished maple handle and accepts three different cutters, depending on whether you want a square, 4″ radius, or 2″ radius cut. The tool cuts up to 1/2″ deep per pass left, right, or straight using the same approach angle.

The Ci1 generally ships with the 4″ radius cutter for around $130. Replacement cutters run about $14. Since they claim the Ci1 produces large volumes of shavings, you can also buy a Lexan chip deflector that attaches directly to the shaft to deflect them away from you.

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3 Responses to Carbide-Tipped Turning Tools

  1. Shopmonger says:

    I use a standard roughing gouge, but i have seen these in actions, and they are a nice smooth cut, I have though about getting one to try out, and i see more and more people using them as the go-2 tool.

    Shopmongre

  2. BC says:

    As long as you can get them sharp enough… it’s been my experience that HSS can be sharpened to a finer point and will give a better cut quality, albeit at the cost of more frequent sharpenings. This goes for moulder and planer knives as well.

  3. Frank Townend says:

    I swear by this tool. Amazing amount of wood removed and it never jams. BC, mine has stayed sharp “long enough” and the blade has four edges; loosen the screw, a quarter turn, and a new edge.

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