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    the C1 tool

    I have seen this discussed here but never really knew what it was. Looks like the end-all to lathe tools needed. I'm going to throw away all my lathe tools and make one of these.
    Actually, I do plan to buy a set of the cutters and make one for myself. About $30.00 for ten cutters put on a homemade handle is a lot cheaper than $99.00, or more, from CS.
    Watch the video. http://www.easywoodtools.com/

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    I'll tell you Frank this tool is the end all to end all. I can clear out the inside of a 8" wide x 3" deep bowl to where I just glide the bowl gouge before sanding in about two to three minutes. It cuts wood like a hot knife through butter.

    When you throw out your old tools, please throw them my way.



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    Been thinkin'. I do that sometimes.
    Why does the shaft need to be square?
    A 1/2" round with the flat cut to receive the cutter would/should work just as well and be easier to seat in a handle.

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    I think it is square so it sits on the tool rest with the cutting edge square to your work. With a round shaft you may catch an edge and this cutter will bite.



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    Where are you finding cutters for $3.00 each? Be aware that there are different profiles of carbide inserts out there...and not all of them will give the same results as the Ci1. I know this, because I have a couple of other similar "carbide insert" tools, and I have a Ci1. Dunno what the Ci1 does differently, but it most definitely cuts differently (better).

    The square bar is indeed an improvement over a round bar. Here again, I have both, and the square bar requires less work to use. With a round bar, you're always fighting rotational forces with your wrist; the square bar just sits flat on the tool rest and lets you cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Where are you finding cutters for $3.00 each? Be aware that there are different profiles of carbide inserts out there...and not all of them will give the same results as the Ci1. I know this, because I have a couple of other similar "carbide insert" tools, and I have a Ci1. Dunno what the Ci1 does differently, but it most definitely cuts differently (better).

    The square bar is indeed an improvement over a round bar. Here again, I have both, and the square bar requires less work to use. With a round bar, you're always fighting rotational forces with your wrist; the square bar just sits flat on the tool rest and lets you cut.

    Not having ever used square, I won't debate. Square sounds good to me.
    Try this link, I have written them asking the size.
    http://www.sunhillmachinery.com/stor...p?department=5

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    Frank, I have had lots of luck with Speedy Metals. I recently bought Stainless Steel in square stock. No minimum for size or quantity; they are also on eBay.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    Frank, I have had lots of luck with Speedy Metals. I recently bought Stainless Steel in square stock. No minimum for size or quantity; they are also on eBay.
    Looks good. I would probably go with plain ole cold rolled steel bought from a local supplier. But, good source for lotsa stuff, I'll save the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Get the matching screws, they need to have the correct taper.

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