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#1 posted 02-21-2017 10:38 PM

Lazyman: I don t know if someone would have made a skewed head jointer if skewing the piece is a good idea or not. However, skewing the piece means that the blades are cutting the grain at an angle – not straight on and I find that sometimes that gives me a better finish. It s the same principle, I think, as when I use a skew chisel turning. The edge of the chisel is skewed to the grain giving a better finish.

- gwilki

I am just a few steps above novice when it comes to turning but my assumption on the skew chisel was always that the reason to skew it was to avoid catching the edge. By presenting the edge at that angle, you are typically only using a small section of the skew chisel’s edge at any given time which seems a little like the opposite affect but I get your drift. When using a hand chisel it is often easier to pare at an angle to the grain with a slicing action which is similar, at least in my mind, to how a spiral cutter head works. I am just having a hard time getting my mind to imagine how that would help while using a standard cutter head because the entire edge of the blade still contacts all at once. But this wouldn’t be the first time my imagination has failed me! I will have to experiment with that next time I have some difficult grain to see if I can detect any differences, though with my 6” jointer I won[t be able to skew the piece much.

Thanks for the explanation.

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