Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
You don't really need to change speed, just change the speed you are pushing the tool through the cut. It accomplishes the same thing. Raising the speed of the lathe simply lets you move the tool at a faster rate. What you are trying to do is take a small controlled bite. You can do that by either speeding up the lathe and moving the tool at the same rate, or by slowing down the lathe and moving the tool slower.
Cutting angle, feed rate and softening the wood or lubricating it with wax all seem to help in this instance.