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Old 08-13-2016, 12:36 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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What keeps it from loosening the squared carbide when you cut to the left, if you get the cut a little below the center of the carbide? Won't it try to unthread the screw?
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What keeps it from loosening the squared carbide when you cut to the left, if you get the cut a little below the center of the carbide? Won't it try to unthread the screw?
Hi Rich: I have not used it yet for anything larger than pens, and have not had that issue. I suppose for stoppers, bowls, etc that is a possibility. I have also been using it turn down segmented blanks (Brick style), so I have been using a "light touch."

I have used the Easy Wood cutters as that is what I had, and they tightened down just fine. Now that Magicbob is carrying cutters, I'm not sure if that is an issue.
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Old 08-13-2016, 04:22 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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I recommend a drop of thin CA on the side of the cutter -to- bar joint, this will keep it from coming loose(at least for me) I have used it right to left and left to right on larger turnings with no problems, just be careful not to let the corner of the cutter dig in. I like the 16mm round myself, but do have one of each at my lathe and use them both alot.
The long handle will be available around the end of the month, along with some new items.
Bruce, I can get 15mm square carbide if you want, just let me know.
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I have large hands and the current handle is a little short for me.[/quote

Niels, How short is short? 6" handle? How much longer will the new handle be? Inquiring minds want to know!
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I am not an expert but I don't find it any easier to use than the other carbide tools. I can keep the others on any angle I need. This Magic Skew is a little bit harder to use on a round tool rest, IMHO. I also don't like that it has a very short handle.
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I have large hands and the current handle is a little short for me.[/quote

Niels, How short is short? 6" handle? How much longer will the new handle be? Inquiring minds want to know!
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I would have to measure for accuracy Freddie, however I think about 8 inches or so. Bob has not graced me with the specs for the new handle yet. I prefer a longer handle in general - different tastes for different turners - I am tall (you know LOL) and have long arms so it just feels small to me - for most people it is made at a nice length.
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The overall length of the short handle is 5.75"
The long will be 13"
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Got my Magical Skew with the long handle earlier this week, but today was the first chance I had to try it out. I love it! After about 2 minutes, I was very comfortable using it. I have never used the tool with the short handle so I don't have that to compare to. The new handle feels very secure and very comfortable in my hands.

I practiced with a piece of red oak in spindle mode. Turned it round, then used the Magical Skew on half of the piece and a traditional skew (5/8" Alan Lacer with round grind) on the other half. I found no difference in the size of the shavings or the quality of the cut. This tool is not as grabby as a traditional skew. I'm very happy with the Magical Skew. Good job Bob!

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Thanks for the kind words.

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The long handle is now in stock 12 3/4" long
I hope to have it on the website early next week (very busy weekend)
If you want one sooner, just call, cost is $39
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I make my shanks round for both round and square carbide inserts. I can use them flat or at an angle. Never understood square shanks.
Made a carbide tool years ago before they were popular. Made a round shank round cutter. The issue with the round shank is if the insert gets a hard catch, it will turn in your hand. I didn't like it. didn't think about doing a square shank until I saw one.....duh! That my .02
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