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Posted on Rough finish off the tool

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#1 posted 09-16-2018 02:22 AM

A picture of how you are holding the tool on the tool rest against the wood (motor off) might help us see what’s going wrong. To me it looks like you are cutting with the edge of the tool like a scrapper and not riding the bevel. I would not be surprised to see a rough finish with the roughing gouge but you should be able to get a better finish with your spindle gouges. I noticed that you didn’t mention using a skew. You’ll get the best finish with the skew and when done right, you often don’t need to use sandpaper at all. The wood will actually have a sheen when properly done. Look for some videos on using the skew and practice with some scrap wood. The skew can be a little scary at first but once you master cutting using the lower third of the edge, you’ll be amazed how nice a finish you can get right off the tool.

Another thing to try is raising the tool rest especially on a spindle turning that large. This makes it easier to ride the bevel of your spindle gouges with the handle in a more horizontal position. Also, once the roughing to round is complete, you should be running at a fairly high speed. In general, you get a better finish at higher speeds.

BTW, you mentioned turning bowls. Most of the cheaper spindle tools should not be used turning bowls. Any of your tools that are shaped from flat steel and so have a flat tang stuck in the handle are dangerous to use on bowls. Never use a roughing gouge for bowls.

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