But, Did You Know…?

Chuck Therapy

A tiny bit of "anti-seize compound" can make you and your chuck very happy.

New or old, sealed or not, first scrub everything squeaky clean with a stiff brush and lacquer thinner. Dab anti-seize compound on all moving parts -- gears, sliders, even jaw mounting screw threads to keep them from locking up. (Ex: Permatex #133A from an auto parts store.)

The compound will not attract dust or dirt. A tiny bit is all you need to make your chuck move like a proverbial greased pig.

Not Your Dad's Bowl Gouge

The modern bowl gouge didn't appear until the 1970's.

Before that bowls were turned with scrapers.

Slow Down for Sanding

Slow the speed of the lathe when sanding to avoid burning the wood and give the sandpaper a better chance to work.

"Dress" for Success

Dressing your tool rest with fine sandpaper and wax can make your tool work much smoother.

Frequent "tune ups" after just a few hours of turning can make a big difference.

Roughing Gouge Renamed

It's now officially the "Spindle Roughing Gouge" — emphasis on Spindle!

You'll find out why the hard way if you try to use it to cut end grain or cross grain during faceplate or bowl work.

Good Catch, Bad Catch

The Bowl Gouge is the tool of choice for roughing a bowl, both inside and out.

Avoid a bad "catch" by remembering to rub the bevel so the edge is supported.

Oh, and there is no good catch in woodturning.

Skew for Bowls?


Like the Spindle Roughing Gouge, the Skew should be avoided for shaping either the inside or outside of a bowl.

Stick with the Bowl Gouge.

Stress for Success

Wood grown under stress, like windy environments or heavy snow loads can have a beautiful curly grain and is great for turning.

So-called "reaction wood" as well as wood near branches or crotches produces interesting grain patterns when turned.

What do YOU know?

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Some Like It Hot!

But diamonds dig cool. Excessive heat will eat the diamonds off your grinding wheel.

With an eight inch diamond wheel, don't exceed 1725 RPM and your precious diamonds will serve you well and longer.