Round Edge Gouge

Remove the burr by rubbing the slip stone up and down on the inside face of the gouge while turning the gouge «lowly with your other hand.

remove the burr with a slip stone.

To do tills, hold the gouge in front of you with your left hand, press the rounded edge of the slip stone into the curve of the gouge, then rub the stone up and down and back and forth, again rotating the gouge with your other hand. (See photo, top right.) When you arc taking off the burr, you have to alternate between the flat Arkansas stone on the bevel and the slip stone on the inside until the burr is gone and the cutting edge is straight.

Sharpening Bent Gouges

Sharpening bent gouges requires a different technique because of the bend. (Sec Fig 2.) You sharpen the bevel like a straight gouge, but you can t make long strokes on the inside with the slip stone. If you do, you will create a small round bevel on the inside as the slip stone rides up the bend in the gouge.

To keep the inside edge as straight as possible, position the end of the slip stone about 1 in. to 1'/«in. from the cut-

Remove the burr by rubbing the slip stone up and down on the inside face of the gouge while turning the gouge «lowly with your other hand.

ting edge and rub it up and down with very short strokes. You can also swing the slip stone left and right from this position. In this way. you minimize the rounding effect (See Fig. 2.)

Gouges with Rounded Edges

I have often experienced difficulty in removing burrs from new gouges because the inside facc is not straight at the edge. The manufacturer grinds the inside of the gouge and then buffs it, rounding the edge slightly. This mund-ing-over is also a problem with secondhand gouges that have been sharpened improperly. When you use the slip stone with a straight up-antklown motion, the stone doesn't touch the burr. (See Fig. 2.)

Usually, diis roundness extends only M<. in. to in. up the face. In this ease, you should tilt die slip stone slightly and press just hard enough to take off the burr. Some craftsmen don't like this adjustment, so they grind off the rounded part of die edge. I feel it is a shame to waste even % in. of a tool. Besides, I don't think it is very much effort to nurse the new gouge for a little while. ▲

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