Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Gosh I just reread my post it kind of sounded like I was being nasty or smart ellic. it was not intended that way. I was just trying to say we (myself included) need to learn to use the tools we have.
A good example of that is a gouge I have ground to the Stewart Batty 45 degree grind. My tool has the same grind as his. I have sharpened it to the "Nth" degree and I still don't get as good a cut as he does. so it has to boil down to the feed pressure, speed of the wood, and bevel pressure. Obviously I'm not doing it exactly the same as he does.
I remember at the first symposium that I saw him he had picked up a punky piece of wood. His comment was a properly ground tool used correctly will leave a clean cut even in the crappy piece. He then turned the piece and it was incredibly smooth. He went on to turn the project he planned out of better quality wood. On this piece he left the bottom unsanded, straight off the tool. Then he sanded the other side to 600 grit. You could barely tell the difference. Well I'm here to tell you I can't do that. I've tried. I can usually get it to 220 or even 320 grit but often have to back up to 150 or 180 to get out some little tool mark or tear out.