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Woodturning Techniques

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Woodturning Tips

Roughing doA-n square stock to round.

Roughing down branches, even with bark

Roughing doA-n square stock to round.

Roughing down branches, even with bark

Woodturning Techniques

SRG presented for a finishing cut, working from tailstock.

Roughing do/m branches, even with bark.

SRG presented for a finishing cut, working from tailstock.

Roughing do/m branches, even with bark.

Woodturning TechniquesWoodturning Shapes

Making simple curve shapes, leaving a good finish.

Bevel contact behind cutting edge, working from hcadstock. Leaves the perfect timsh.

Making simple curve shapes, leaving a good finish.

Woodturning Techniques

Roughing left-handed: power grip for control hand, fingers Right-handed smoothing cut, arm over headstock. Po<ver grip for support hand. grip for control hand, lingers grip tor support hand.

Roughing cut

You will be making a supported entry into the wood.

1 Place the tool on the rest at the headstock end, square to the lathe axis, flute up.

2 Stand behind the tool (headstock side) in a dynamic stance, right fcot forward, left foot at 90' behind the headstock.

3 Hold the handle of the tool with the right hand in a power grip.

4 Hold the stock in the fingers grip (not touching the tool rest).

5 To check you are comfortable to make the whole cut, slide the tool along the rest backwards and forwards as if making the cut. Depending on the lathe you have, you may find it more comfortable to bring your left arm on top of the headstock. There are some advantages to being left-handed as I stand at the tailstock end for this cut, with the tool in the opposite hand.

G Without moving your feet, move the tool away from the rest and switch on the lathe.

7 Now place the tool on the middle of the rest, with the cutting edge above the wood. Bmng the bevel (or back of the tool) down into contact with the wood, then slide the tool down the wood slowly until tiny wood shavings just appear and hold the tool in that position.

8 The SRG should be in the peeling position with the bevel contact under the cutting edge. With both hands, slide the tool along the rest, holding the bevel against the wood and make the first cut.

9 At the end of the cut, just slide the tool back along the wood, cutting in the opposite direction without removing the tool from the wood. Keep going backwards and forward and get into a rhythm. As the cutting proceeds you will find it necessary to raise the handle slightly to keep the cutting edg£ in contact with the wood. As the tool approaches the horizontal position the tool rest should be moved closer to the wood, to increase the tool angle again and reduce the gap between the wood and the tool rest.

Roughing with Spindle Roughing Gouge

Supported entry

Roughing with Spindle Roughing Gouge

Supported entry

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Roughing Cut

Spindle Gouge Roughing Gouge

fool square to the wcod Slide backward* and forwafd cutting continuously

10 When one part of the edge becomes blunt, twist the tool to bring a sharp part of the cutting edge into contact with the wood. If you have |udged it right, the square section should be completely round. As this cut is across the grain, the finish v/ill not be very good, but it is a quick and efficient way of removing wood.

Draw a thick pencil line around the middle of the square wood. The line will gradually disappear as you turn, and when it is gone the wood will be completely round.

Finishing cut

1 Lower the tool rest to :/»in (16mm) belo* centre height.

2 Swing the tool round to 45* to the axis, towards the headstock, so that the bevel is parallel to the axis. With flute facing forward, point the tool upwards at about 20 30". This is the position for a 'sheer peeling' cut.

3 Stand in the same position as for the roughing cut. At this point if you haven't already put your arm on top of the headstock then now is the time to do it.

4 Move the tool away from the wood and switch on the lathe. Bring the heel of the bevel into contact with the wood and the cutting edge just away from the wood.

5 Make the supported entry by slowly sliding the tool forward along the rest. At the same time swing the handle forward until the tip of the tool raises a shaving, then continue to slide the tool slowly along the rest, taking a fine shaving off all the way.

6 Stop at the end of the cut and. keeping the bevel in contact with the wood, slide the tool back along to the other end to make another cut. Keep repeating until the wood is as small as you can make it. The finish will be very smooth and straight. Throughout this process, your hand should not have touched the tool rest, keeping control on the bevel.

Finishing cut

Werkmg from headstock Right-handed

Working from hcadstcck Left-handed

Werkmg from headstock Right-handed

Working from hcadstcck Left-handed

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