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Full-Size Easy Rougher - Carbide Turning Tool


Easy Wood Tools® Full-Size Carbide Turning Tools are a reliable and easy-to-use option for woodturners looking to create high-quality projects on the lathe. The tools feature 16-inch, brightly finished, ergonomic maple handles that provide a comfortable grip and reduce fatigue. Say...

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Easy Wood Tools® Full-Size Carbide Turning Tools are a reliable and easy-to-use option for woodturners looking to create high-quality projects on the lathe. The tools feature 16-inch, brightly finished, ergonomic maple handles that provide a comfortable grip and reduce fatigue. Say goodbye to sharpening as these cutters, which add up to 20 additional hours of turning from each of the four sides, are replaceable once dulled. Secondly, the cutter's unique design eliminates the need to 'find the bevel' when turning, making it convenient for woodworkers of all skill levels. Simply advance the tool slowly into the workpiece and begin cutting straight in, or sweep the cutter from left to right or right to left.

The Full-Size Easy Rougher hogs material off effortlessly by transferring cutting pressure directly to the tool rest and comes with the standard R4, 4" radius cutter for roughing larger pieces. Optional cutters include an R2, 2" radius used for finishing inside bowls under 8" in diameter and a square head cutter for roughing and creating square inside corners.


  • Easy Rougher™ removes bulk material fast and efficiently
  • Comes with the standard R4, 4" radius cutter for roughing larger pieces
  • Durable, long-lasting carbide cutters are easily replaced when dull
  • For woodworkers of all skill levels
  • Easy grip handle
  • Made in America


  • Product: Carbide Turning Tool
  • Series: Full Size
  • Cutter Type: Square Radius
  • Cutter Radius: 4"
  • Cutter Material: Carbide
  • Handle Length: 16"
  • Tool Bar: 1/2" x 8-1/2"
  • Maximum Reach: 4"
  • Overall Length: 24-1/2"
  • Handle Material: Maple

What's Included:

  • (1) Easy Wood Tools® Full-Size Easy Rougher - Carbide Turning Tool
  • (1) Ci1-R4 - 4" Radius Carbide Replacement Cutter
  • (1) Hex Key

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Full size is very big...

    If you are like me and purchased without reading deminsions, you will be surprised at the size of these tools. I kicked the purchase around for weeks because of the price. Well, the bottom line is you get everything you paid for and more. Exceptional tools.

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    the level of quality is suprizingly good

  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great tool

    Great roughing tool, makes roughing an easy and quick task.

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Eats wood like no other tool I've used.

    Eats wood like no other tool. Highly recommend

  5. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Ci! Easy Rougher w? Easy Grip Handle

    This is an easy-to-use wood turning tool. It is very forgiving and a good choice for beginners as well as advanced turners. However, it is not necessary a substitute for the 1/2-inch bowl gouge, but a close second. Great tool!

  6. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Stand-in for Many Other Lathe Tools

    I've made many projects with my 2-year old lathe. However, I'd never done a deep hollowing job. My latest project - a wine bottle holder-requires a 4.5 " cavity for a 1.5 liter bottle. I saw Tim Yoder and Tommy McDonald use Easy Wood tools on their shows and realized that this was the tool I needed. The Ci1 Rougher cut through the Hard Maple quickly. The learning curve was about 15 minutes.

  7. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great tool for heavy use

    I bought one, went straight to the shop, and fell in love with it on the first cut. Then I went home, my wife saw the price tag and said, You've got to get a new hobby." Now I just buy the cutters and make my own shafts from 1/2' or 3/8" stainless or plated key stock and I turn my own handles. Cost is well under [$]. The trick is to grind the bed for the cutter absolutely flat and to get the bevel on the end to match the bevel of the cutter. I round the bottom of the shaft a little more than Easy-wood does. This lets me work in tighter corners and does not catch as often. This is not only a great rougher, but you can get a fine finish by using it as a shear scraper. Great product!

  8. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Big, Beautiful Roughing Tool

    I was building a large stair case with a considerable number of Newels and Balusters using a pattern duplicator. I quickly realized just how painfully slow this can be. So I started roughing the spindles out first with a HSS skew chisel and gouge. This worked pretty good except the beech I was using dulled the tools quickly and it was very easy to catch the work. So out of desperation I decided to give this bad boy a try. It looks expensive on the web site because you don't really get a feel of what you are getting. This thing is huge with a nice long handle (about the length of your forearm) that gives you plenty of leverage. The bit holder is 1/2" sqr steel which gives plenty of rigidity to reach in 3-4" from the tool rest without causing any problems. It now only takes me a few minutes to bring my stock down to round with out any catches or torn wood. I loved it so much in fact that I immediately ordered the mini-finisher & detailer(They are cheaper and I figured I didn't need the extra reach provide by the bigger tool). These feel a lot safer when I'm finishing up my beads and coves. It is just to easy to screw up a spindle bead with an inadvertent catch with a skew chisel. As far as surface finish goes they do a pretty good job. While not as polished as a properly sharpened skew chisel, the surface is clean with no tear outs and can be easily sanded smooth. To be honest, I had to sand the Skew Chisel work also so it isn't a big deal. As long as there are now tear outs or catches sanding only takes a quick pass and your done. It is fixing those other problems that can take a lot of time. So, unless you are a skew chisel purest, I think anyone will love these tools. The carbide tips hold up for a long time and the tools give you great control of your turning. They look expensive initially but you really do get a lot of tool for the money.

  9. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    remove wood fast

    If you are serious about removing wood this is the tool to get. It is a heavy duty tool that feels like to will last forever. Stays sharp too!! In fact, I have cut several bowls with it and have not even turned the cutting blade yet. This type of tool is a little spendly, but it is so easy to use that it is worth it.

  10. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great Tool - does what it says!

    I have used it to turn large bowls and small tops. I want the other tools but can't afford them yet. Soon I hope.

  11. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Carbide insert lathe chisels

    I'm an intermediate novice turner and I have to say this is a very nice chisel. It works just as it is advertised and in the videos. Although the chisel is expensive, I got it when it was on sale. The cutter heads aren't cheap but they do stay sharp longer than HSS and there are places where you can get them cheaper individually but you have to have a bulk order. Overall very nice tool that removes the material with little effort and difficulty. P.S. I wouldn't replace all of my HSS tools with these, I just like its aggressive cutting.

  12. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    No more tools required!

    I bought one of Ci1 Roughers to cut down on the amount of sharpening I have to due while turning Large 22in. bowls out of rough stock. Peacan/Oak it doesn't matter this tool roughs out wood like butter. Dry or Wet. As far as the cost of the replacement cutters 13/14 bucks is well worth the time it takes to sharpen my other tools which are now actually gathering dust. Great job on a beautiful excellent made turning tool!

  13. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Ci Easy rugher is Fantastic

    This Tool is fantastic. It is more than a rougher but it is the best roughing method that I have tried. More time turning and less sharpening. The only negative is the cost of the replacement blades, but they do last a long time. I will be expanding my collection and purchasing more of these tools.

  14. 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    It works and is better for the hands.

    **Cutters are ok sharp out of the package and priced ok. * Disposable cutters. **Tool is very long and may interfere with tailstock on some lathes. * Tool price. ***Tool does rough out large amounts of wood fast and easily. * My tool did "catch" several times with heavy long term use as the cutter became duller. * Speed of cutting and finish becomes worse as the cutter dulls.

  15. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Outstanding Tool

    Much easier to learn and use than other turning tools. Makes roughing a breeze.

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    this tool is a perfect addition to your turning arsenal. Would recomend but the replacement bits are pricey

  17. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Wonderful..cuts production time in half.

    Works very well on even very hard wood like African Blackwood. I have several of these "easy" turning tools now and they have cut the time it takes to create a set of bagpipes or an Irish Flute in half. It can be used for much more than roughing.Highly recommended!

  18. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    good tool without a steep learning curve

    A great tool and is especially good at turning tenons on bowls. It does a good job on roughing bowls.

  19. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Ci1 Easy Rougher

    Great tool! It roughs out items fast. Cuts great without catches from the get-go. It cuts amazingly well and fast. So far I'm very pleased with it and look forward to improving my turning as I use it more.

  20. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    A turning tool that really works.

    Works as advertised.

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