Tool: 1/8″ Easy Parting Tool
Manufacturer: Easy Wood Tools
Since my first experience with Easy Wood tools in 2011, I’ve been a fan. Thanks to the tools’ long-lasting carbide inserts, I can focus on the shapes I want to produce instead of heading to the grinder or tweaking the lathe’s tool rest.
The three basic tools in the Easy Wood catalog – the rougher, finisher and detailer – do about 95 percent of the shapes a furniture maker could want when working between centers.
But the one tool that was missing from the line-up was a parting tool. Easy Wood has remedied this with a new 1⁄8” parting tool that makes fine details as small as 1⁄8” wide that were impossible with the basic set.
As with the other Easy Wood tools, the Easy Parter has a replaceable carbide tooth. But unlike the company’s other tools, it isn’t changed with a screwdriver. Instead, you use a key (included) that slightly pries open the tool’s jaws, allowing the tooth to drop out. Then you put in a new tooth and release the key. It takes 20 seconds.
I have found the Easy Wood carbide inserts to be incredibly long-lasting. If I am careful, I can turn the parts for as many as 10 Roorkee chairs before requiring a fresh edge.
The Easy Parter works just like all the other Easy Wood tools. You hold the handle parallel to the floor and gently push the tool into the work. It cuts smoothly and quickly.
My only quibble is that the cutting edge of the Easy Parter is about 3⁄16” higher than the cutting edge on my other Easy Wood tools, so I have to lower my tool rest to use the tool. But that’s a small price to pay for avoiding the grinder.
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