AVAILABLE DECEMBER 1ST
We had Lee LaVanway test out the new and improved Extreme – Very Coarse coating for himself. Read his in-depth review on his process and what he was looking for in our new coating:
‘When Kutzall queried my thoughts after selecting me at random for its new Kutzall Extreme – Very Coarse Dish Wheel, I was happy because I am constantly on the lookout for more efficient tools to safely shape wood.
For me, safety is the most important thing and controls my processes as a “speed carver”. I believe speed (RPM’s), is the key, not power (amps). I definitely do not consider myself a power carver. Speed allows the tool to do the work, and it seems to me that’s the safest way to use a spinning tool.
Still, I wear a long leather apron, heavyweight canvas shirt, safety glasses behind a full-face shield, and anti-vibration gloves, if there truly is such a thing…
To keep dust at bay, I do my roughing work outside, in front of a 30” industrial-duty fan on high speed, and with an N-95 particle mask over my mouth and nose. Without the fan, I would have to wear a hot respirator, though when it’s cool outside, I often do just that, nonetheless.
I use a powerful clamp, 37” long, mounted on a heavy steel frame as my work-piece holder. It makes for a rock-solid and easily positioned work-piece. I make it a mandatory practice never to allow a spinning tool to operate near the clamp, so I position the work-piece a lot. (This rule also allows me to take a little breather from the flow state of making art, which can often cause over exertion.)
Over my lifetime, I have used chain saws, adzes, axes, coarse (and expensive!) rasps, and large mallet gouges, to advantage during roughing, and on occasion, I still use these tools.
Nevertheless, so far, nothing beats the Dish Wheel for rapid, controlled wood removal. The Dish Wheel is simply the best roughing tool I have ever touched to wood. Spinning at 11,000 RPM on the spindle of my 7-AMP 4 & ½” angle grinder, this tool takes as little or as much wood per pass as I desire to take. Granted, I do not desire to remove massive amounts of wood in a hurry. I prefer to make controlled cuts along the curves I designed for the finished piece, either a wall hanging or a freestanding 3-D sculpture.
I have no doubt that a more powerful angle grinder could increase removal dramatically during roughing. Yet for me, I like to take my time and get it right and get it done. Roughing is the dirtiest thing I do, but getting it right is more important than getting it done quickly. My main goal is to escape injury during the process, as roughing is also the most dangerous work I do. Happily, I remain injury free after almost 50 years of sculpting wood.
As a wood artist, I am keenly aware of the adage told to me by a master of stone sculpture who said, “you can take it off, but you can’t put it back.” It seems so obvious, yet the emotional impact of too much removal will drain away inspiration like pulling the plug in a bathtub. I know the feeling too well...
Thus, this tool allows for controlled removal, and that is what I need, and what I want in any tool. Being too aggressive on one-of-kind chunks of highly-figured hardwood isn’t worth the risk. The adage above, after all, is true, “…you can’t put it back.”
Make no mistake however; attached even to a six or seven amp angle grinder weighing in at only four pounds or less, the work this wheel does requires focus and a constantly firm grip. It is not a toy. But man, it sure lifts creativity up to a whole new level of inspiring possibilities.
I also own other Kutzall dish wheels; they represented real innovation when I bought those years ago and I still use them when the task calls for their specific advantage. However, the Dish Wheel takes the innovation beyond anything else I have used.
For example, I really appreciate how Kutzall’s new design further reinforced each individual carbide tooth: With the base of every tooth widened significantly from the new design, tooth wear and breakage should be minimal. Still, as with any high RPM tool, it is always best to let the tool do the work and not be too aggressive.
Finally, I have found from many pounds of chips on the ground that the wheels work best when they lightly touch down on the wood surface, and then lifted off while in motion laterally, like a small airplane landing and taking off, landing and taking off, etc. It seems to me the ability to use a light touch while simultaneously removing the amount of wood I want to remove is what makes these tools so extraordinary.
Kudos to Kutzall for continuing to innovate and lead the field among “speed carving” tool makers.
Want to test one out for yourself? Starting December 1st, you can visit the shop and pick up your own Extreme – Very Coarse coating tool!
If there are two things we pride ourselves on, it’s the level of care and quality put into each and every one of our tools and the passion and excitement of our customer’s feedback. We took everything that you loved about our Extreme – Very Coarse Shaping Dishes and Discs and made them so. much. better.
Our products have always lead the industry in removing stock quicker and lasting longer than the competition. So, how do you make an already-impressive product even better? Keep on reading and you'll see how we turned up their performance a notch or two.
The new Kutzall Extreme – Very Coarse coating’s teeth have been improved to make them stronger, more stable and even more aggressive than before!
These tooth structure changes have opened up a world of carving capabilities. Not convinced? We recently put this tool into the hands of Lee LaVanway, an experienced craftsman and speed carver. These are a few of the highlights from his review on our new coating and the possibilities it holds for leaving your own unique mark:
-"...nothing beats the Kutzall Wheel for rapid, controlled wood removal..simply
the best roughing tool I have ever touched to wood."
-"...it sure lifts creativity up to a whole new level of
-"...the Dish Wheel takes the innovation beyond anything else I have used."
-"Kudos to Kutzall for continuing to innovate and lead the field among
'speed carving' tools makers."
If you'd like to read the rest of Lee LaVanway's detailed review of the improved Extreme – Very Coarse coating you can find it here!
With these new changes, the Extreme – Very Coarse Shaping Dishes and Discs are the toughest and most efficient tools on the market! This new generation of Extreme – Very Coarse tools is available now, so click below to experience this new coating for yourself and take your work to new extremes!Shop Extreme!
Kutzall's Social Spotlight is our new seasonal segment where we highlight the top creations that our customers have shared with us via social media. This spring we've been tagged on numerous projects from our customers and below we're showcasing our top 3 favorite creations.
Craftsman: Nik Drake - Sculptured Gardens
Build: Log Mushrooms
Tools Used: Kutzall 4.5" Sanding Disc
Craftsman: Josh Dawley - Str8 Edge Construction
Build: Mesquite Mini Longboard and 60's Retro Chair Restore
Tools Used: Kutzall 4.5" Extreme Dish Wheel
Craftsman: Marc Lamonthe - Toutanbwa
Build: Rustic Wood Vessel Sink
Tools Used: Kutzall 4.5" Dish Wheel
We'd also like to showcase this awesome video marc produced showing his process.
Our revolutionary Hand Rasps, were recently featured in a Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine review! Check it out here!
I found that the Kutzall rasps worked exceptionally well, whether cutting with or against the grain, in any direction. They're ideal when you need to smooth tight curves, particularly on highly figured stock, and they leave a surface that doesn't take a lot of time and effort to smooth with card scraper or sandpaper.
If you want to experience the controlled, multi-directional carving ability of our innovative Hand Rasps for yourself, you can find them here! Our Hand Rasps are available in a variety of different coatings and sizes and will allow you to precisely carve and contour areas that rotary carving tools simply cannot reach.
To learn more about or shop our selection of Hand Rasps, click here!
Thanks to our exclusive coatings and unparalleled quality of materials, Kutzall tools are acclaimed for staying cleaner and lasting longer than their traditional counterparts. But, like every well-used tool, eventually it will need maintenance.
If your tool, whether it’s a Burr, Sanding Disc, Dish Wheel or Hand Rasp, has accumulated too much medium in its teeth and it’s affecting your carving performance, you may need to give it a thorough cleaning.
Not to worry, cleaning and caring for your Kutzall is an easy, straightforward process. Depending on the medium you’re carving there are two ways to clean your tool.
Option 1: Burning (for wood only)
What you'll need: A well used Kutzall tool, butane or propane torch, fine hand wire brush, dusk mask or respirator, leather gloves, eye protection, water or a fire extinguisher on standby for safety.
Option 2: Soaking (Recommended for wood, stone, plastics, and composites)
What you'll need: A well-used Kutzall tool, solvent capable of breaking down your clogged material (mineral spirits, turpentine, or acetone work well), large glass container, fine wire brush, dusk mask or respirator, leather gloves, eye protection.
We hope this article has provided you with some clarity on how to properly clean and care for your Kutzall. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them in the comments below and we'll do our very best to answer them!
The recommendations list is drawn from some of the top power-tool manufacturers in each class of machines reviewed. These are manufacturers whose tools we have found from personal use to be of high quality, with attractive feature sets. Most are also brands generally found to be favored for quality and performance among serious tool-using professionals and craftsmen, in a wide variety of fields.
Without further ado, here is our recommended "Perfect Pairings" list!
- Bosch: GWS9-45, AG40-11PD, 1380SLIM, AG40-85P
- Dewalt: D28114N, D28131, DWE402
- Makita: GA4530X, GA4542C, GA4534, GA4530, 9557PB, 9564CV
- Milwaukee: 6130-33, 6140-30, 6121-31, 6146-31, 6146-33, 6147-30
*1/8" collet included or optional
In selecting a grinder, there are a number of very individualized, personal-preference decisions you will likely have to make. Specific preferences can stem from your previous experience with power tools, the type of projects you plan to work on, etc. Below are listed some factors for your consideration when electing many of the tool types listed. Most of these apply both to the choice of an angle grinder for use with Kutzall Dish and Disc Wheels, and for various rotary tools for use with Kutzall Burrs.
There are several types of on-off switches on electrically-powered grinders. The type listed below are commonly found on angle grinders and many rotary grinders.
Slide switches: With a slide switch, the slider button moves fore and aft, and is often toggled with the thumb. Switches commonly are positioned on the side of the power tool, but also sometimes on the top. Slide switches feel pretty natural to manipulate from the normal operating hand position on the tool for many people, but a few find the position requires changing their grip position before activating or deactivating the switch.
Paddle switches: Paddle switches are typically wide, paddle shaped levers, most often on the underside of the tool at midsection, which can be operated with one or more fingers. They can be activated with your hands in the normal operating position on the tool.
Trigger switches: Trigger switches are much like the trigger on your power drill. They usually are mounted toward the rear of the tool, and are activated with the index finger.
Making a choice between these options is a very personal thing. Ideally, you can visit a merchant with a wide selection of tools, and manipulate different styles in your hands to see what feels best.
In addition to the above-mentioned switch types, certain specialty rotary grinders, such as the flex-shat tools, usually are used with a foot switch. This has obvious advantages from the standpoint of being able to toggle the grinder on and off, while having both hands free.
Within the variety of switch styles listed above, you also have the choice of locking or non-locking switches. A non-locking switch is like the gas pedal on your car, it only works when pressed. A locking switch is more like a car with cruise control, it has a button or other feature which allow the switch, once engaged to “on,” to remain in the on position, without constant finger pressure.
Again, the choice between the locking and non-locking switch design can be very personal. Some like the confidence-inspiring feel of a switch which can be immediately released to off when finger pressure is removed (think of how you like to be able to stop your drill immediately if a bit binds in a hole). Other users want to be able to manipulate their grip on the tool, or otherwise reposition their hands during use, and find a non-locking switch to be a constant annoyance.
While many grinders run at a fixed speed on household current, others have adjustable speed. The adjustable-speed option is another of those factors which are more or less attractive, depending on your work and personal preference. In general, those looking for the greatest flexibility and versatility across a wide range of projects will prefer the variable-speed option.
Some grinders come with a soft-start feature, so that the tool scrolls up to full speed gradually. The soft-start feature is not as useful with Kutzall tools as it might be with, for example, buffing wood or metals with polish. However, some find the gentle start-up feature comforting.
The power rating of a tool is an important indicator of how much work you can do with the tool in a given amount of time, i.e., “how hard can you work it?” Although different manufacturer’s tools show different weight penalties for greater power, other things being equal, you will generally end up with a heavier tool if you opt for more horsepower (a higher amp rating). For those working on large pieces, or with a lot of material to remove by grinding, a higher-power tool is probably the best choice. On the other hand, for those doing more detailed or smaller work, or expecting to have to handle the tool steadily for longer periods of time, a lighter-weight tool, even of lesser power might be a smarter choice.
Many DIY-types like cordless tools for their convenience around the house and garage. It has been our experience, though, that wood carvers and other craftsmen usually prefer the steady and reliable power output of corded tools. Most hobbyists and craftsmen have a fixed location that they usually work in, like a home workshop.
In addition to the general power tool attributes mentioned above, angle grinders have some specific areas to examine.
The first consideration on angle grinders is the spindle design. Most modern angle grinders sold in North America have a 5/8-11 threaded shaft. These typically come with a set of nuts or a nut and backing plate with 7/8” diameter shoulders for mounting accessories. The Kutzall Sanding Disc and Dish wheels have a 7/8” inside (arbor-hole) diameter, and mount onto these accessory mounting components. Please note that mounting a Kutzall Sanding Disc to the accessory adapters supplied with your grinder can sometimes require inverting one of the components. There are special, third-party stacking adapters available to allow mounting 7/8” I.D. accessories like a Kutzall Sanding Disc or Dish Wheel to older designs with a 3/8-24 threaded shaft.
Another consideration is that angle grinders can come with additional features which might be desirable to you.
Some angle grinders have a clutch mechanism in the head. This is intended to let the motor spin free if the tool accessory should bind or lock-up in a workpiece. The feature protects the gear-train from damage in a hard-stall situation.
Angle grinders can also be found with a braking feature, so that when the on switch is released, the grinder stops rotating very quickly. This, of course, is intended as a safety feature.
If these features are attractive to you, look for a grinder which offers them. Bear in mind, though, that added features might meant added cost, and added weight.
While die grinders were conceived for the metal-working field, they offer a lot of power in a package that many craftsmen like for wood carving and similar tasks when using rotary burrs. Die grinders typically come with a ¼” shaft collet, and thus can use rather large rotary burrs for big jobs. The die grinders in the recommendations list all feature the ¼” collet, which works with the ¼” shaft size Kutzall Burrs. Some have an included reducer bushing, so that you can also use the smaller, 1/8” shaft size Kutzall Burrs. Even for those grinders not offering this included accessory, it is often possible to buy a sleeve or accessory collet which would allow for the use of 1/8” shaft burrs.
Die grinders can be had with somewhat greater power and physical size that those recommended here. Our recommendations are based on the lighter-duty usage that customers most often experience when wood carving. The really heavy die grinders are probably more suitable for ironworkers, or others who require a lot of power for intermittent, high-load applications, and are willing to deal with the much higher tool weight.
“Rotary grinder” is a very broad term. Here we use it specifically to refer only to small electric hand grinders. Some might be marketed directly to woodcarvers, while others are often advertised as a do-anything household DIY tool. These can usually be easily balanced and maneuvered with just one hand, while manipulating the work piece in the other hand, and are very good for fine detailing work. Their overall size might be compared to a small to medium-sized banana, although some can be as small as a dental hand-piece. These are all pretty small as compared to die grinders, which are generally much larger and more powerful.
The primary attributes to consider on a rotary grinder are its size and manipulability, as well as the size tools it accommodates. For the smaller Kutzall Burrs, you want a tool with a 1/8” shaft collet. The rotary grinders are not normally able to handle tools with larger shaft sizes than 1/8”
While the majority of flex-shaft tools are perhaps applied in the jewelry-making field, a great many carvers prefer flex this style of tool for their rotary-tool needs as well. With a flex-shaft tool, the motor hangs on a hook or other fixed support, and powers a covered flexible shaft, which connects to a rotary-tool hand piece. Flex-shaft tools have some significant advantages for many users. For one thing, the user pays no fatigue penalty for using a rather powerful machine, as the motor is supported by its support and not by the operator. The hand-piece, then, can be rather small, allowing for deft manipulation when doing very detailed work. Most grinder manufacturers offer a number of hand pieces, so the size and type of rotary burr or bit, and the accessibility to different kinds of work-pieces, are highly adjustable with the use of accessory hand-pieces. Possible the most limiting factor with a flex-shaft tool is the fixed length of the flex-shaft. One would not work over as large a physical area or work piece with a flex-shaft tool as could be done with the other types of tools discussed here.
As with all power tools, don’t forget to use proper eye protection and safety devices at all times!
As our name implies, Kutzall tools are great for carving nearly all mediums. Recently, we had the chance to get put our name to the test and get our tools into the hands of some local ice carvers. Check out the video above to see the tools slice through ice and the reactions of a professional ice carver!
To check out our professionally recommended ice carving tools, click the button below!
These tools, which come in a variety of shapes and grits, stand head and shoulders above traditional rasps, reaching areas many other tools will not.
Whether you're trying to remove material quickly or smooth out less than perfect cuts, our Hand Rasps are the perfect solution. They're available in a variety of different coatings and sizes and will allow you to perform precise, multidirectional cuts and carve out tight areas that rotary carving tools simply cannot reach.
To learn more about or shop our selection of Hand Rasps, click here!
Kutzall burrs are the perfect carving tools for challenging jobs. Our burrs are made with incredibly durable materials like tungsten-carbide, provide effortless and efficiently smooth carves, leave behind a beautiful surface finish, and are designed to resist loading. With a Kutzall Burr, you spend more time creating and less time maintaining.
Since it's December, we figured it's the perfect month to elaborate on our burrs. You see, Dece is latin for 10 and then there's the obvious "ber"= "burr" pun!
We hope that this list has given you some creative ideas on how to use your Kutzall Burrs. If you have another creative use for your Kutzall Burrs, we'd love to hear about it; share it with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page! If you're looking to expand your burr collection, shop our complete line of rotary carving burrs today!
"Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps bring the convenience of power carving to hand carvers."
Kutzall’s Hand Rasps are an essential tool for any carver. Whether you’re shaving material from intricate areas or hand carving free-form curves, Kutzall’s Hand Rasps will give you the precision you need to get the job done. What separates us from other hand rasps? The review of Kutzall’s Hand Rasps from Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine answers that question.