Speaking of treadle machines, ( DNF-4 ) over the holiday break I found some time between book editing and holiday cheer, to set up my CME Handworks Inc. treadle lathe and it just so happens, I ordered myself a set of Easy Wood Tools which arrived last week.
( a holiday gift for the wood shop really )
So the treadle lathe had been siting in the un-glamorous, laundry room side of the basement while I was writing my new book. I didn’t include any turned items in the projects except some cylindrical parts here or there that I shaped with elevated bench dogs and hand planes. I thought that introducing a treadle lathe into the scope of the new book projects was a little much so I’ve been eager to dust it off and get back on it. As soon as I started setting it up I realized that something was leaning against the belt over the last month and managed to stretch it.
I had to re-work the tensioning rig but after a bit of fiddling, I was hummin’ with the birds~ to everything- (turn, turn, turn,)
The Easy Wood Tools came as expected and what can I say- they’re named right.
I ordered three tools, the full-size Rougher, Finisher and Detailer. These three make-up a turning set that can get anyone turning in a hurry. They have carbide tips that you don’t sharpen but instead, simply loosen a screw and use a fresh side of the cutter when dull. When the full profile of the cutter is used/dull, replace it with a fresh one. The cutter is presented to the work at a horizontal axis and works more like a scraping tool for a very clean cut. The tools are very well balanced and a finely crafted product, proudly made in the USA.
I had heard about EWT over the past year or so, but hadn’t seen any information on someone using them with a foot powered, treadle lathe.
Well, I’m happy to report they work great and have given me the kick-in-the-arse I needed to put some miles back on the treadle lathe.
Here’s a video I shot on the weekend to show you the lathe and turning tools in action.