Thank you for your advice John. I can easily shave the back of my thumbnail with my tool. I am never sure when sharp is sharp enough, I currently sharpen with progressively finer sandpaper on a glass plate. The spindles I am turning are between 16 and 24 inches long, 1.5-0.5 inches in diameter, out of maple. Should I be able to pull the drive center out of the lathe easily by hand? Is it possible that the vibration is a result of the drive center wobbling sightly? It may be that I am putting too much pressure with the tailstock, but otherwise the drivecenter slips. I have no trouble roughing the blank with a roughing gouge, it is when I switch to a smaller spindle gouge, or a skew chisel that the vibration starts.
Last edited by athorp; 02-20-2010 at 04:54 PM.