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    Termite tool

    Has anyone used the termite turning tool and how do you like it? Was it hard to learn?
    Thanks Ken

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    I have been very happy with mine. I don't do much aggressive shaping with it, but for final passes and cleaning up I prefer it to a scraper 9 out of 10 times. Not a very big learning curve, either.
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    Hmm...you've piqued my curiosity. I'd seen them in passing, but hadn't really read up on them. Looks like a handy tool, and I'll bet the cutting bits could be useful at the end of a hollowing rig, too. I may just have to look into getting one.

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    In case anyone's interested, Hartville Tool has the Termite on sale right now. DAMHIKT...just sayin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Hmm...you've piqued my curiosity. I'd seen them in passing, but hadn't really read up on them. Looks like a handy tool, and I'll bet the cutting bits could be useful at the end of a hollowing rig, too. I may just have to look into getting one.

    I'll blame it on Ken, Bill and Sam.
    Yes Vaughn, you need more hollowing tools.
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    As a follow-up...I gave my new Termite a spin last night on a sorta punky spalted sycamore bowl, and Sam was right. This is a neat tool, that does indeed produce less tearout than I get with a sharp bowl gouge. Of course, my bowl gouge technique has a lot of room for improvement, but the learning curve in the Termite was pretty short for me.
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    The termite is pretty good value in turning tools too. I spent hundreds on my Woodcut system. It works great, but the Termite, in my hands, is a better tool. The Woodcut Proforme is a very aggressive tool, and is great, don't get me wrong, but I've found for little goblets and for end grain boxes, the termite is almost like cheating. It's a good purchase.

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    Getting the Woodcut stuff set with just the right amount of limit is the toughest part. With patience, I have been able to get them to cut nearly as clean as the Termite, but you are right when they are set for aggressive work, nothing evacutates a bowl or vessel faster. I generally set them for medium attack and finish with other tools, like the Termite. Saves the time I would have to spend to reset the Woodcut tools for different stages.
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    Ok Vaughn my wife is looking for you. I bought the Termite tool and told her it was your fault. I hope it is as good as you say buddy. On sale to boot.
    Bernie W.

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