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Posted on Oval skews -- your insights please?

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#1 posted 06-21-2015 02:17 PM

Verrrrrry Interesting (to quote Shultz).

Wildwood, thanks for the link to Ernie’s book. I read the section on the skew and have to retract my earlier statement on the bevel angle not being normal. Per Ernie a 25 degree angle is normal for the oval skew from the factory but he suggest regrinding it to a 40* or so. Learn something every day..

I watched the first video three times (Woodturning Skew Chisel Techniques and Hand Positioning). Does anyone else find something backwards? The rolling of beads is the exact opposite of all that I have ever heard or saw.
From the title I do wish he had shown the handle hand more. He did get a nice finish with the oval skew.

The second video from Alan Batty is very good.
His son, Stuart, is also excellent and gives clear and concise instruction as Alan does.
Stuart covers some topics in 10-15 minute long videos that other do not. This may be a good one to bookmark for a variety of topics but not necessarily the skew.
Stuart has 30+ videos at Vimeo.

The following are two additional video on catches by Richard Raffan and a two part by Brenden Stemp for anyone needing help understanding the why of skew problems. Once you know the why 90% of problems go away.

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

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