Ashley Iles Parallel Parting Tool archive
Friday 3 April 2009
Mark Baker puts this parting tool to the test
Ashley Iles are world renowned for producing quality tools, but as with many things, we sometimes miss items in product ranges that may be very helpful to us. One such item is the 2mm (1/16in) parting tool from Ashley Iles, which can be purchased with or without handle.
In useParting tools come in myriad forms, and they are so useful, yet often under utilised. This one is a parallel-sided and is particularly useful when you require a fine parting cut and also to minimise wastage on expensive timbers.
The blade is 161mm long (6 3/4in) long and despite the thin blade, it is surprisingly rigid. Although it is supplied with a 'standard' parting tool grind profile the grind you place on the end of the tool will ultimately come down to your personal preference.
As with bowl gouges, we are likely unable to cope with all situations with just one parting tool, so a thin bladed tool like this in addition to the 6 or 9mm (1/4 or 1/2in) versions will suit the majority of situations you are likely to encounter whilst turning.