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Posted on turning problems: All advise VERY welcome

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richgreer

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 08:07 PM

I think the best advice I can give you is don’t skew for while. You have plenty to do to perfect your technique with the gouges and scrapers. Get real comfortable with them before you attempt skewing.

A second piece of advice is to look at the easy rougher.

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080216/28284/Ci2-Easy-Rougher-Midi-wEasy-Grip-Handle.aspx

It is called a “rougher” but you can use it for many applications and, as the name implies, it is easy to use. In fact, it is very easy to use. Note that you do not have to sharpen it. When the cutter gets dull you rotate it for a fresh edge. I’ve heard it said that you can get about 20 hours of turning per edge. After using up all 4 edges, buy a new cutter for a modest price.

Check out the videos at this website and let me make 2 comments. They imply that the easy rougher is just for roughing. That’s not true. There are several variations of the tools available. Start with the easy rougher and don’t consider the other options until you have used the rougher for a while. In my case, I eventually added an easy finisher, but I only have 2 models and I don’t need any more.

I use this tool for the initial roughing and I also use it for relatively fine finishing work. This tool, plus a good scraper and I can get my projects ready for sanding, starting with a 220 grit. Some guys are so good with a skew that they start sanding at 320 grit, but that takes years or practice.

Ever since I acquired my easy rougher I have not used a skew.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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