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#1 posted 05-06-2017 12:27 PM

years ago a friend told me that the difference in cutting angles on a turning gouge had to do with the height of the turner. a tall person needs a high angle. he will hold the tool higher and a short person the other way round.

I was to sharpen them so they would be comfortable for me to use, and that the angle really didn’t matter as long as they are sharp.

In spindle turning, the diameter of the spindle, the height of the tool rest and the angle of the tool grind will determine the angle of the best cut.

To find the best attack angle for your tool; rest the body of the tool on the rest and the heel of the edge against the wood and let it bump. Slowly and smoothly slide the tool until the cutting edge engages the wood. If your tool is sharp you will get a nice ribbon of wood. this angle will cut very quickly and cleanly.

If the tool is uncomfortable to hold, change the angle of the grind.

This is the old wisdom of turning

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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