Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Sound like you might be scraping instead of cutting. Use a rough out gouge or spindle gouge. Put the tool on the tool rest and let the bevel of the tool touch the work with the tip no cutting and the handle down. Raise the handle until the tip starts to cut. when roughing spindles I tilt the tool so the flute is about 45 degrees, pointing in the direction I want to go.
Don't start right on the end, it will lift the fibers and tear the wood. Start about 2 inches from the end and work your way back to the end. If you push the tool straight in, it will cut and then naturally go in the direction the flute is pointing. Then you can control the depth of the cut by how much you lift the handle.