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    Skewing Around............

    ...... I did the outside of this future HF with my large skew............
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    ............I got it fairly smooth too!

    The wood was green, but it has dried out a lot, and I've got a bunch more, so I'm turning it as fast as I can, so I don't lose a bunch. I had to turn away about 2" off the diameter and an inch on either end, to get to green, uncracked wood

    Oh well, should be good when done!

    Cheers!
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    Looks like you've got the skew down, dude. Nice curlies. Last night I finally succeeded in getting a shearing cut with a bowl gouge to work right. This is the one where you turn the gouge nearly upside down with the cutting edge at almost 90 degrees to the turning axis. This is the first time ever that I didn't get bodacious catches trying it. I've still got a long way to go to improve my tool-handling skills. One of the drawbacks of learning from reading and videos, instead of hands-on mentoring, I guess. Some day my schedule will work out to allow me to go to the local turning guild's monthly meeting and see what that bunch of folks is like. I'm guessing I could learn a lot.

    Anyway, nice-looking hollow form. Will your steady rest provide enough support when you hang that piece off the chuck?
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    Thanks Vaughn, but if you really want to see how badly I do this stuff............

    <-YouTube link.......

    Constructive criticism welcome (YOU SUCK not needed, I know that!!)

    I'm getting better at it, but it will take more time and practice.

    I sure know what you mean about "Books and Videos" I have to miss the next two meetings of my turners club, as one is on a Saturday (work day for me) and the other is on the weekend of the local town festival, and I got to deliver a bunch of beer etc.

    The next chance I'll have will be at a turning workshop, that I'm hosting for the club in the Dungeon........ I wonder how some of our member are going to like them stairs (most of our members are over 60...)

    Well, see if you like the video!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Thanks Vaughn, but if you really want to see how badly I do this stuff............

    <-YouTube link.......

    Constructive criticism welcome (YOU SUCK not needed, I know that!!)

    I'm getting better at it, but it will take more time and practice.
    Nicely done, Stu. Before I get the new wheels for my grinder, I'll probably burn up some of the old wheels first by re-shaping my budget Harbor Freight skew. Then, with the new (balanced) wheels and some additional honing, I'll do some skew practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Nicely done, Stu. Before I get the new wheels for my grinder, I'll probably burn up some of the old wheels first by re-shaping my budget Harbor Freight skew. Then, with the new (balanced) wheels and some additional honing, I'll do some skew practice.
    Some won't do it, you need to do lots............well, at least I do.....
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    Hi Stu,

    Your work is coming along nicely! I enjoyed your video and it makes me wonder how your Japanese sounds with a Canadian accent . One thing I would suggest for fewer catches is to change the grind angle on your mighty skew. It appears to be very steep. So much so that you can help but get a catch on presentation because a lack of leverage. With your tool handle so low because of the steep grind the point is wanting to dig on presentation and with the low angle of presentation the turning wood is simply pushing the skew away from the axis when it begins to cut rather than down into the tool rest.

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    Thanks Chris, that is the kind of feedback I'm looking for.

    I thought I had it ground to the recommended 1 1/2 times the thickness of the skew, but I'll check again to see if that is what I actually have.

    Cheers!
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    chris, could you elaborate on your comment for those of us trying to master the skew? i reran the youtube video after reading your comment and stopped the action when stu held the skew up. i'm still not seeing what i think you meant. maybe a photo of a correctly ground skew?
    this is important to me as i can't have a skew in my hand for more than a few minutes without impressive catches..not the little nicks stu is showing on the video. i'm just venturing into the turning world but want to practice with correclty ground tools.
    i watch richard raffan just plow into the O.D. of a blank with a peeling cut and i marvel at what a skew can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Looks like you've got the skew down, dude. Nice curlies. Last night I finally succeeded in getting a shearing cut with a bowl gouge to work right. This is the one where you turn the gouge nearly upside down with the cutting edge at almost 90 degrees to the turning axis. This is the first time ever that I didn't get bodacious catches trying it. I've still got a long way to go to improve my tool-handling skills. One of the drawbacks of learning from reading and videos, instead of hands-on mentoring, I guess. Some day my schedule will work out to allow me to go to the local turning guild's monthly meeting and see what that bunch of folks is like. I'm guessing I could learn a lot.

    Anyway, nice-looking hollow form. Will your steady rest provide enough support when you hang that piece off the chuck?



    Bowl gouges can be used without catching?
    So far, my experience with them is like ice skating backwards. Can't be done. I know because I've tried.
    I have four good bowl gouges that, combined, don't have five minutes use on them. It's 'touch and catch', 'touch and catch'. The upside down thing does nothing.
    I watch the videos and all they do is make me consider taking up a different hobby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Bowl gouges can be used without catching?
    So far, my experience with them is like ice skating backwards. Can't be done. I know because I've tried.
    I have four good bowl gouges that, combined, don't have five minutes use on them. It's 'touch and catch', 'touch and catch'. The upside down thing does nothing.
    I watch the videos and all they do is make me consider taking up a different hobby.
    Hey Frank send them over here, I'll check them to make sure the aren't in the handles backwards or something............ I'll even pay shipping
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