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i'm wood turning and i am a beginner and i need help. when i wood turn i am able to get the shape i want but i get really rough cuts.
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Sharpen your tools. Learn to ride the bevel. Take a class. Take lighter cuts.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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i sharpen my tools and took lighter cuts but it is still the same.
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What wood is that? Some woods are pretty stringy and tough to get good cuts on especially for a beginner.

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i sharpen my tools and took lighter cuts but it is still the same.
what are you using to sharpen your tools with? sounds like your tools aren't sharp. my tools are sharp enough to shave hair off my arm. depending on the tool you also have to adjust your rest according to the tool " above or below the center of what you are turning. when I am turning i have shavings come off like a pencil no dust.
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i don't know i got i from home depot for 7 bucks
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watch some videos on youtube on how to sharpen your tools. don't get discouraged. you will get it. i still learn on every woodworking job i do small or large!!!!!! i go to youtube all the time to find videos on how to do something. learning how to sharpen woodworking tools is an art in itself. you have to have the right degree and then add a micro bevel on them. that is how i keep my tools.
this is the system i use. you will have to make a simple jig up to get the different angles i forget what i paid for it but a good sharpening system whether it be by wet stones by hand or a machine in my opinion is a must have!!
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Looks like very soft pine and you are taking a scraping cut straight in and not a shear cut at the proper angle. A dull tool will just make it worse. Try some closer grained wood like poplar, that will be inexpensive enough to learn on.
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