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Lyndle Gregory
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Jun 6th, 2017 at 5:32am
 
I just began wood turning. When I attempt to turn a spindle, My chisel does not make chips. Just very fine saw dust. This is a brand new chisel and using soft pine. It is very hard to cut. . Is the chisel my problem on the speed of my lathe?
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Re: Newbie needs help
Reply #1 - Jun 6th, 2017 at 6:09am
 
The problem may be technique or it may simply be a chisel that needs to be properly sharpened. Is the tool rest at the proper height so that you are cutting at the centerline? Too high or low and you loose effectiveness.  What tool are you using? A carbide, skew, or gouge?
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Reply #2 - Jun 6th, 2017 at 6:40am
 
I second that your chisel might not be sharp. A lot of tools come with an EDGE but are not sharp per say. I think this may be one of the main reason people get into turning then loose interest. One of the first things you should buy in a decent grinder and learn to sharpen your tools by hand or get a jig.

You will pleasantly surprised what a sharp tool will do and how much easier to turn it is.
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Reply #3 - Jun 6th, 2017 at 2:23pm
 
You also need to consider what kind of wood you are turning.  Extremely hard wood with dull tools is prescription for  frustration and dust.
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Reply #4 - Jun 6th, 2017 at 6:56pm
 
There can be one or more additional causes, for example using the tool as a scraper.

Three suggestions.  First, search on the Internet to see if there is a local woodturning group in your area.  In almost every case, the group has many members happy to mentor new turners and the group may even offer low cost introductory and intermediate turning classes.  Second,  while some Youtube videos can show inefficient or even unsafe practices, there is a video section on this web site where all the videos have been previewed so you can watch with confidence.  Third, there are some truly excellent book/video combinations that can be helpful for years.  My favorites are those by Richard Raffan - I've watched each video at least ten times and still pick up something of interest every time I watch, and I refer back to the books constantly.
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Reply #5 - Jun 7th, 2017 at 9:13am
 
Since I have done this a couple of times, make sure the lathe is not turning in reverse.  It has to spin toward you.
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Reply #6 - Jun 7th, 2017 at 9:13am
 
Since I have done this a couple of times, make sure the lathe is not turning in reverse.  It has to spin toward you.
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Reply #7 - Jun 7th, 2017 at 10:16am
 
You can't beat a hands on session for learning. This is where the nearest local woodturning club comes in really handy, depending on where you are. I think all clubs have mentors, and like me, we get as much fun out of teaching as we do turning. There are 2 good clips up on You Tube, one by Alan Batty, and one by Richard Raffen. Both are masters. They will help a lot.

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