Hello, William. In this case, Google search is your friend. Find
this newsgroup with Google, and you can search just about any aspect
of any topic of woodturning you like quite easily. I always sort by
date to make the info the most current.
Here's the results including ancillary discussions searching "termite
The Termite Tool is a good tool. I've had one for many years. If you
are not careful with the application of the tool, you can get some
massive catches. They cost a bit more, but the new carbide hollowing
tools using a special carbide disk cutter are more user friendly and
the cutting edge lasts a long time. There are two tools on the market:
The Hunter Tool, which is sold by Woodcraft, and the Eliminator made
by Jack McDaniel, which is sold by Packard Woodworks. They are both
excellent tools. The McDaniel tool has a large shaft (3/4" diameter)
and has milled flats to ensure that you hold the tool in the right
position for effective cutting.
I have reviewed all of the tools at some time of the other in More
Woodturning. The believe that I reviewed the Eliminator in the
December 2006 issue and have an updated review in the March-April 2007
issue to be published the last of this month.
The real key on these ring and hook tools is application of the
cutting edge at a 45 degree angle.
The Termite is an excellent tool for what it is designed, that is hollowing
end grain turnings. The learning curve is not for the faint of heart but
worth it. I, personally, like hook tools which are the father of this tool,
using a hook instead of a ring. Take a look at my web site for some
information about making a hook tool and for using it.
Hope this helps. If you do not want to make your own hooks, I would buy the Termite tip and make the shaft and handle.
You can practice a bit with a fingernail grind on your gouge, making the
dimple and cutting out, or dropping the left wing under center, peeling in
on a cross-grain bowl, or raising it and cutting out on an undercut as the
old ring tool users did. Some people find this so convenient they seldom
reach for the termite except for trimming the very end grain portions of
If you do a lot of hollow work, yes.. I have done a number of hollow
vessels and covered boxes where the grain runs parallel to the axis of the
lathe, in oak and other woods. The termite really eats the wood, and is
fairly forgiving on grabs.
I highly recommend it.
On Tue, 06 Feb 2007 14:36:15 GMT, "William Hall"
I've very briefly played with the termite. and I've read a lot of
story's about the catches. Crown make a tool called the beaver, Lee
Valley sell it, it has a guard of sorts over the top that helps
control depth of cut and make those catches far less dangerous. You
can get a better tool at a comparable price. If price isn't an issue,
take a look at the munro hollower or the hollowers wood-cut tools