Alright, I have the mesquite block screwed top side into the faceplate, trying to turn the outside of the bowl.
I have read about letting the bevel of the tool “ride” the work. I don’t get it. No diagrams or photos I’ve seen really offer good info about the angle of attack. When I am in this position:
Pretty soon, I get this:
Which wouldn’t be the end of the world, but the violence of the gouge is quite unnerving and definitely makes me less interested in wood turning. I actually bent one of the tools slightly thanks to a gouge.
When I am in this position:
It seems safer, but all I get is dust, little or no shavings, and seems to take forever.
All the tools were freshly sharpened on my disk sander, however don’t necessarily have a good “bur” on the top side of the cutting edge. And this has been turned so far, at the slowest speed setting.
So this is where I am at so far. Classes are available locally, so there is always that as a last resort.
Your tips are greatly appreciated. Thanks.
-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!