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Forum topic by trz posted 02-09-2013 06:54 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2013 06:54 PM

trying to learn and getting frustrated. Is there a glossery of terms somewhere that you know of that describes different problems and there remidies? I have questions but don’t know the terms for what i’m trying to describe.

after roughing a spindle with the roughing gouge , I speed up the lathe a little and regardless of what chisel i use next whether it be the gouge or the dreaded skew (which i desperatly want to learn to use) i get these rings forming as i’m cutting, I can minimise them by going a little slower but there still there and when I go back over them to try and rid them I just make more. Arrrggg. I also get these spiral things going down the spindle, What’s that all about? Hep me please!

Oh, and i’m trying to make sure my tools are Sharp! Which i’m having fair success with the goughes but not so much luck with the skew. What degree bevel do you like to use on the skew? 25-30?

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#1 posted 02-09-2013 07:14 PM

have you tried sanding the rings out? rather than trying to take them out with a chisel?

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 07:18 PM

Slow and steady! You would have much better results with the Easy Wood tools Easy finisher than with a skew. I like a 30 degree bevel, but honestly it is less about the bevel angle and more about your consistency in reproducing the same angle when you sharpen.

Most of the little stuff will sand right off with some 150 grit. If you are leaving deep gouges, that is a problem.


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#3 posted 02-09-2013 08:44 PM

Enjoy your journey!

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 08:49 PM

It takes a while to get good at turning. After three years I still get spirals sometimes, Use a scraper (the traditionalists would not but hey, it works) then sand. After a while you will learn different ways to hold the tool to the wood. Make a lot of shavings just practicing on scrap. The skew is not so bad, again, a lot of practice making nothing but shavings again and again and again and… light pressure, you will get the feel eventually and be able to waste a lot of wood fast and the finish up with really light shavings. When I started turning I spent weeks making nothing but shavings, watching you tube videos and experimenting. Tough to experiment on the table leg you need. be safe and have fun. accidents happen really fast on a lathe. and they happen, no matter how good you are.

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 09:11 PM

You need to learn to limit the depth of cut by riding on the bevel. It’s kind of hard to explain like balancing a bicycle. It’s a feel kind of thing. If you just rely on the tool rest, you are doing the same thing you do to create threads. It takes a light touch when you come down to finish cuts.

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