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#1 posted 09-16-2018 02:27 PM

In the pic I see the tenon but the top of the jaws are not contacting the wood at the outer edge of the jaws. It is the outside edge contact which gives the most support to keep the item from rocking (much like a faceplate support is at the outer edge).
The Batty videos give basics not covered by most folks, at least not in detail.
I think it is mainly techniques.
You said “I think at times when I’m riding the bevel and lower the handle to enter the cut,...” you should be raising the handle to make the cut. I agree with Lazyman that you probably need to raise the tool rest.
Here is a video by Steve Havens on the spindle gouge. The camera angle gives a good view of the tool rest height and where the cut is being made. Note that when they show making the cut he uses proper “stance” even though he hardly mentions it.

Steve has good videos on most every tool and presents it clearly with the angle imposed in most of them.

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