The Termite is a ring tool that can hollow into end grain so fast, the manufacturer in Canada calls it the "Termite." While this Tool is very useful in hollowing of boxes, goblets and hollow vessels, it can also be used for face grain bowls.
The Termite comes with two interchangeable M4 high speed steel cutters that are held in a 7" long tool shank with a set screw. Each cutter has 2 edges that are used for cutting. The #1 Termite cutter measures 3/8" in diameter while the #2 Termite cutter is 1/2" in diameter. A larger optional #3 Termite cutter, which measures 5/8" in diameter, is available for removing more wood per pass. The Termite comes with a grinding point that is held in a router to sharpen the cutters. This is easily done with the sharpening fixture that is included. The Termite has a 13" long hardwood handle and overall tool length measures 21". Instructions for using and sharpening the tool are included.
Available as an option is a heavier 5/8" by 16" long Heavy Duty Shank to hold termite cutters in deeper hollowing situations. The user can make the handle or the Hosaluk handle may be used.