The cutter is set just below the surface of the tool, which helps protect the cutter from inadvertent and very irritating chips.
The cutter is held I place with a #1 screw and standard T-9 flag style torque wrench. The reason for this is that the screw only needs to be finger tight. Do not over tighten. And, a light covering of wax will help loosen the cutter screw should you have been turning wet wood.
It is recommended to use the screw provided as the cutter ID has a taper which matches the taper on the screw to provide a secure lock-up of the cutter.
The tool is supplied unhandled. You can make your own handle, which I recommend as you can make it to your specifications, or you could purchase one of the many on the market. Make the handle longer rather than shorter and I would recommend at least 18 inches in length.
Both Mate #1 and Mate #2 will cut wet wood, dry wood, long grain or end grain with ease. The cutter is positioned so that the cut is limited to the depth that the cutter is protruding from the main tool shank. This greatly reduces the chance of those huge catches that can be experienced with “self-feeding” scrapers. The learning curve of my tools is really quite small.
In the right situation, a scaper is a really useful tool; however, in a lot of cases, beginners tend to lean towards a scraper as it needs very little training. In fact, any “Tom, Dick or Harry” can scrape!
The disadvantages of scraping on less dense woods can be a heavier, ore resistant removal of the wood, extremely rough end-grain, more sanding, and with excessive pressure, the risk of the scraper catching on a knot or void and “exploding” the piece. When cutting wood, there is less resistance to the cut, more control and a much better finished surface on the wood.
I will not make the statement that these are the only tools you will ever need. That is not the case, but I feel these tools effectively bridge the gap between scaping and the gouge-style tools which have to be learned. In some cases, my tool will execute cuts that even with conventional tools are difficult or impossible to do, and scraping would be a huge disadvantage as mentioned previously. The other huge advantage is that these tools will generally give the beginner much safer results than scraping.
Remember, woodturning has developed so much in the last 30 years. We have access to more woods from around the world, some of which are like cutting concrete! I am sure if the woodturners of yore were turning “desert ironwood” or dry “jarra burl” they would have developed an effective tool to work these. Woodturing is more of a hobby nowadays. One other thing — most of us took up woodturning to enjoy it — and I believe you should do just that whichever way you approach it. This tool will do that for ALL levels of ability.
Features and Benefits
- No Grinding of the tool
- No Lapping of the tool
- Each new cutter is sharpened and ready for use
- Cutter life far greater than HSS (25 to 30 times)
- Manufactured in the USA
- Aluminum oxide coating on bar to prevent rust
- New cutters, torque screws and wrenches readily available and reasonably priced
Mate #2 has an 8mm cup cutter (micro crystalline carbide sharpened with diamonds) set in a machined pocket at approximately 32 degrees. The Mate #2 will basically do everything the Mate #1 does with the exception that with the larger diameter on the cutter, with a light touch, it will give an amazing finish on the surface.
Care and maintenance instructions included with the tool.
Student Natural Edge Wet Olive
Natural-edge, wet olive turned by my night-class students -inside and out – with Mate #1 (except for a parting tool for a tennon!)
— Mate #1 $145
— Mate #2 $145
— Mate #1 Undercut Tool, allows you to undercut even more than the original mate. Available in #2 cutter
— Mini Mate #1 smaller in width but with the same thickness as the original Mate’s NEW TOOLS $75
Jimmy Clewes products are available Internationally at the following overseas distributors:
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