Safe Starting with a Gouge
Bevel Controls Cut Depth
Bevel controls cut depth
Lowering the gouge's cutting edge onto the upper surface of the workpiece gives you greater control over the depth of cut and lets the tool support itself, as shown in the drawing below. Start with the handle lowered and the cutting edge above the work. Then slowly raise the handle.
First, the heel of the tool, then the bevel edge comes in contact with the wood. You'll feel it, and know precisely where the wood is in relation to the cutting edge. Continue raising the handle slowly, lowering the cutting edge into the wood. With very little practice, you'll be able to produce paper-thin shavings under precise control.
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