bowl gouge question

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Forum topic by Karda posted 01-02-2018 07:03 PM 564 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2018 07:03 PM

Hi, i noticed that when I am cutting from right to left on the bowl blank the gouge is cutting good and smooth. I am exerting little pressure if any the tool is just doing it job. what is happening is the gouge will cut less and less until it slides right of the wood. its almost like it is a scoop cut. i have tried re adjusting the tool and that works but leaves a lumpy surface. Any idea what I am doing wrong

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#1 posted 01-02-2018 09:26 PM

until it slides right of the wood.
- Karda

slide out of the wood? off of the wood?
Only a guess but it seems you are changing the direction of the cut too swiftly. The red line in the pic shows what direction the tool will cut in. For example you want a platter with a flat bottom. To cut a straight line do not move the angle where it meets the wood and simply slide the tool along the rest.
For the outside of a curved bowl you have to slowly change the direction. For the outside of curved bowl the line may start at the base perpendicular to the bed and and finish be parallel with the bed at the rim. It sounds like you are changing the direction too quickly if you are going off the bowl.
Sorta like diving a car around a curve. Cut the wheel to follow it and all is fine, cut the wheel too much and off you go into the ditch.
I assume you are trying to cut with body movement and not just arm movement.

Someone, I believe Lyle Jamieson, had a good youtube segment to show it. I will try to find it.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 01-02-2018 10:43 PM

ok thanks

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