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Old 01-02-2017, 05:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Sharp - will it shave the hair on the arm without pulling on the hair, and gliding over the skin like a razor. Seriously though, I test mine this way. I don't recommend it to just everyone.
I use this method too. Another way is to hold the tool so the edge rests lightly against your thumbnail (standing vertically on edge) and move it towards you -- if it slides, it's not sharp. If it catches, and begins to take a very fine shaving off your nail, it's sharp.

It's worth remembering that turning tools cut a very long shaving very quickly. A woodworker who hand-planed or chiselled through hundreds of feet would expect to have to sharpen his tool -- a lathe can move the cutting edge that same distance through the wood in just a couple of minutes.
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One point not mentioned is angle. The more vertical the angle the better the finish.
Sharpening is most important step, not only do I sharped to 3 microns on a diamond hone but then I polish with Chromium Green Oxide rubbed onto pine wood and finish with a leather strop. Finding a mentor and visiting his shop may be required on this.
Ed with Exotic Blanks has a video on his home site where he mentions he prefers a not so sharp skew and gets very good results.
Take your daily grain of salt till you get good results. Good luck.
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One point not mentioned is angle. The more vertical the angle the better the finish.
Sharpening is most important step, not only do I sharped to 3 microns on a diamond hone but then I polish with Chromium Green Oxide rubbed onto pine wood and finish with a leather strop. Finding a mentor and visiting his shop may be required on this.
Ed with Exotic Blanks has a video on his home site where he mentions he prefers a not so sharp skew and gets very good results.
Take your daily grain of salt till you get good results. Good luck.

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Say what??????[/quote]

If you lay the skew flat on the tool rest you're using it as a scraper and will get horrible finish results. I also get not so great results at 45 degrees.
Anyway, here is Ed's video which I go by.
httpshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LTgiE_U6eOk&ab_cha nnel=ed4copies://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LTgiE_U6eOk&ab_cha nnel=ed4copies
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Say what??????
If you lay the skew flat on the tool rest you're using it as a scraper and will get horrible finish results. I also get not so great results at 45 degrees.
Anyway, here is Ed's video which I go by.
httpshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LTgiE_U6eOk&ab_cha nnel=ed4copies://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LTgiE_U6eOk&ab_cha nnel=ed4copies[/quote]

I believe you. Everyone has their own method and there is no right or wrong. I just never heard anyone ever say I prefer a dull skew to turn with. Maybe with a scraping cut but any scrapers I have used I want them to be sharp or else they do not cut. If it works for you then that is all that matters. Happy turning.
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I believe you. Everyone has their own method and there is no right or wrong. I just never heard anyone ever say I prefer a dull skew to turn with. Maybe with a scraping cut but any scrapers I have used I want them to be sharp or else they do not cut. If it works for you then that is all that matters. Happy turning. [/quote]

In all honesty, I may be remembering incorrectly. It was a long time ago. I went back to try to find the exact quote and couldn't.
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