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post #1 of 3 Old 09-14-2011, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Final rounding stock with skew

When I'm turning it's always a challenge against time and because it is easy to destroy a piece while final rounding with a skew, I just stick to my gouge and let the sandpaper do the rest.

Guess I need more practice.

How many do final finishing rounding cuts with a skew and what is the secret to not getting the tool grabbing?
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Stay on the bevel and keep the tool sharp. That and practice is all there is to not getting kick backs with the skew. The same is true for all tools really. With the skew you need to stay on the lower half of the cutting edge whether you use it short point down or long point down.
when you get above the halfway point on the cutting edge it tries to pull the skew into the wood further. The rotational forces do a good job of it and you end up with a kick back when it twists the long point into the wood.
If you are on the lower half and get a kick back it's because you lifted the handle too much and came off the bevel. When only the cutting edge is touching the wood there's nothing to control the cut. The bevel is what keeps you from cutting too deep. Without the bevel riding the wood the tool runs uphill and you get a catch.
You can use a spindle gouge or even the flatter section of a rough out gouge to get a pretty clean spindle. They just don't excell at doing this as well as a skew.
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There was a great article several issues ago in the AAW magazine on skew practice on carrots...might want to check that out.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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