Turning Archive

Re: Riding the bevel
Response To:
Riding the bevel ()

Jon Behnke
I think the term "ride the bevel" came from spindle turning where you can start a cut by holding the tool handle down, touching the bevel to the wood and slowly raising the handle until you start to get a cut.
I agree, we don't really cut with the bevel against the wood. I generally say "follow the bevel", meaning that an imaginary line parallel with the bevel is the direction of the cut. If the tool is tip in off the bevel the cut goes too deep, if the tip is out from the bevel you come out of the cut.
With a bowl gouge I'm often cutting off the tip, more on the wing, the bevel that I'm following at that point is more of a diagonal but the direction of the cut still follows that imaginary line paralleling the bevel.

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