Wood Turning a Bowl: Cut Direction

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Wood turning requires cutting the bowl in a direction that correlates with the grain. Carve a bowl in the correct direction with tips from a wood turning expert in this free video on wood crafts.

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Okay, now that we have got our bowl blank mounted and our speed selected according to our formula we just talked about, we are going to take our deep fluted bowl gouge and we are going to start to work on this. I want to show you one thing before we get started and that is if you can imagine this, the grain of this piece of wood is going in this direction, almost like the fibers of this broom. So the grain is going this way and that is the way of the cells of the wood and it grew. So if when I'm cutting the wood this always helps me get a cleaner cut if can remember to think about this is that if I cut in this direction see how everything, all the grain lays down and it is going to cut a lot cleaner. If I cut in this direction can you imagine what is going to happen, can you see what's going to happen? It is going to rip out and it's going to tear out a lot more. So I'm going to make most of my cuts this way and that is another reason for mounting my bowl in the way I have done.

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