NEW – IMPROVED DESIGN! – the Mate #1 Undercutter tool shank is partially rounded to allow for use in the Jimmy Clewes Quick Release handle inserts.
Designed by Jimmy Clewes, the new Mate #1 Undercutter Hollowing Tool is an addition to the Mate line of tools and is an extremely versatile, user friendly hollowing cutting tool, but this tool allows for getting around the corner and undercutting rims of bowls and hollow forms.
These tools do not scrape they cut with a lot of control due to the design and angle of the cutter on each tool. The Mate #1 Undercutter has a small 6 mm cup cutter (micro crystalline carbide cutters sharpened with diamonds). This cutter is set in a machined pocket at approximately 22 degrees, this allows for a more user-friendly, less aggressive cut which is great for confidence building.
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-8 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 to your specifications but it is recommend that it be at least 18 inches in length.
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