How to Start a Woodturning Cut

To safely convert wood, you must know the correct way to insert a cutting tool into a piece of wiring.

There are different ways to start a cut depending on the type of tool you use.

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Source: The Welsh Woodman

Here's how to get started cutting with traditional woodturning tools and carbide tools!

Placement of the rest of the tool

The height of the tool holder should be just below the center of the workpiece. You want the blade of your chisel or gouge to remove material from the center of the blank.

It is also important to work directly on publishing the rest of the tool as much as possible to avoid conversations.

If you are cutting too far from the column, stop the vise and replace the tool holder. Your cuts will be smooth when you work directly on the spine.

Rounding a gap with traditional tools

To round a square workpiece with a gouge, begin cutting by placing the tool in the tool holder, about 1 inch past one end of the blank.

Hold the handle of the tool against your hip. Slowly slide the gouge into work, making only a fine scratch.
Don't slide your arm away from you; keep it close to your hips and move your whole body to make the cut. Never touch the blank with your hand to check for roundness. If sharp edges remain, you'll be sorry.

Place the tool on top of the rotating part to check its progress. If the blank is not very round, the tool will jump up and down.

Round a plate with carbide tools

You can press a carbide tool directly into a blank instead of sweeping from one end, but don't do it too fast. Place the tool on the tool holder, keeping it level with the ground, then stab 1/16 ”to 1/8” deep until the mold is completely rounded.

Hold the handle of the tool against your body as you would a gouge.

Modeling with traditional tools

Once you've rounded a workpiece, you can begin shaping it and making detailed cuts. To make beads, holes, or V-grooves with a traditional tool, mount the tool's chamfer on the job so that no material is removed.

Then slowly lift the handle. When the handle goes up, the edge of the tool begins to cut the work.

Raise it up to cut deeper and at the same time rotate the tool downhill. Always cut downhill when turning.

Modeling with carbide tools

Carbide tools may be easier to use, especially when you are just starting to turn.

When you want to make a bead, hole, or V-groove, simply press the tool directly into the wood and move it downhill to form the desired detail. Keep the tool level during all cuts.

Woodturning latches

Sooner or later, you will experience something known as "I got you." A blockage occurs when the wrong part of a cutting tool comes in contact with the workpiece or when you try to cut too deep.
Locks can be scary and the best way to avoid them is to make sure the chamfer of the tool is against the workpiece before you start cutting and then slowly lift it up by the handle. You want to keep the edge of the tool at about 45 degrees of part rotation.

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