About Wood Lathe Chisel Profiles

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Wood lathe chisel profiles include the u-shape of the gouge, the diamond shape of the parting tool and the diamond-shaped skew, all of which are available in different sizes. Understand what each chisel tool does with information from a woodworking craftsman in this free video on wood crafts.

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Hi, I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, a custom furniture shop in St. Petersburg, Florida, and I'm going to talk to you about wood chisel profiles with a wood lathe. Probably the most often-used chisel is a gouge, and you can see it's kind of U-shaped. There are gouges that come in many sizes. I've got a couple here... a small and a large. These are used for the most part to rough out your stock. To start with a square or stock shape you're starting with. This will take your stock fairly quickly to get it into a round profile that you're working with and remove a majority of your stock. The next tool I'm going to talk about is the parting tool. It's a simple diamond shaped tip and this is used for two things... to help preset your depth for your cuts, and when you're using between centers turning, you pare it off with this, and it gives you a nice clean cut. This is a skew chisel, again it's skewed across the top, has a diamond shaped point on the front, and this is used to clean up a lot of your turnings. Once you've roughed it down with a gouge, you can use your skew to clean up before sanding. Again, those come in multiple sizes. The last common tool I'm going to talk about today is a scraper. A scraper has a flat back, sharpened edge, and comes in different profiles. This happens to be a round nose, and these are also used to clean up after you've done your turning with the gouge. They can get into, in this case, a nice tight curve. This version is angled, so you can get into some corners with it in your turnings, and those are, for the most part your basic tools for turning. Most of your beginner sets will come with these basic profiles. You can, of course, go above and beyond that, but these are the ones you're going to use when you first start turning. So, those are your basic wood turning tools. My name's Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.

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