Turning Archive

Subject:
Two rules for the scraper
Response To:
bowl turning ()

Dick Coers
If you are using a flat carbide insert (not the cupped carbide) there are two rules that MUST be followed. Most importantly, the end of the handle MUST be higher than the tip. The tip must be on center. If you get the handle below the cutter, it self feeds and catches readily occur. Secondly, the tool rest MUST be kept close to the wood. Get too much overhang on the cutter end, and you can't provide enough strength to overcome the forces of the cutting. Waiting to see a picture of your tool, but if you have one of those short carbide starter tools, you will need a much longer handle to use it for bowl work.

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