Project Tutorials

Textured and colored egg

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Start shaping the base

Using the gouge to start the foot shaping. The gouge is on its side with the cutting action on the lower side of the nose area.

Cove cut start

To start a cove lay the gouge on its side with the flute facing the direction of cut, bevel pointed where the bottom of the cove will be. The cutting action comes from the lower side of the gouge tip. You should be able to draw a vertical line from where the cut is taking place on the gouge tip and the point of contact on the tool rest of the gouge. This way you are not trying to introduce any rotational force on the gouge.

reaching the bottom of cove

As the gouge reaches the bottom of the cove, the tool rolls on to its back and ends up perpendicular to the spindle axis. Cutting a cove is a scooping kind of cut.

Cutting V grooves by cove

The long point of the skew making the V cuts to define each side of the cove.

Cove area close up

Close up view of the finished cove area.

Parting in to mark base bottom

Use a parting tool to mark the bottom of the egg base. This step is not necessary because we will be forming another egg as we finish the bottom of this one.

Shaping the top of next egg for clearance

A spindle gouge forming the top of another egg as it removes the wood for clearance to finish the bottom of the first egg.

Undercutting base with skew

The long point of the skew cleanly cuts the endgrain of the base. Slightly undercut the base to make sure it will sit flat.

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