The New Guy
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Down south, where the food is good.
You could be trying to take off too much wood at a time. Slow and steady is best. You might just think the tools are sharp. Did you sharpen them, or are you trusting them to be sharp from the factory? You may have your tool rest at the wrong height. Is it where it should be for the tool you're using? You may not be using the bevel. Are you laying the bevel on the wood, then raising the handle till it starts to cut, or just jabbing the tool in there? Which tool are you using? A skew? A scraper? A spindle gouge? What kind of wood are you turning? Are you turning at the right speed? Is the wood round, or are you still working on knocking the corners off and getting it trued up?