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If you’ve ever worked with difficult, punky wood, you know how frustrating tear-out can be. The only real solution for removing tear-out is to remove or lower the bowl surface to the base of the deepest tear outs. And if you keep tearing out material, this process can remove more and more wood, adding to your frustration.
This is a steep bowl gouge bevel profile that, when used to make light cutting passes, will cleanly cut and remove wood fibers.
A great tool to cleanly cut away soft, delicate wood fibers is this Tear Out Stopper Bowl Gouge. Here is how to sharpen this gouge and put it to work for you.
1) Set the bowl gouge in the vars-jig with an exact two-inch protrusion and lock the thumbscrew.
(protrusion set photo)
2) Adjust the V-arm, so the 70° nose bevel of the gouge is perfectly flush with the sharpening wheel. See the Oneway Wolverine guide above for details.
(bevel angle to wheel photo)
3) Set the Var-jig leg to the second notch. I align the flat edges to indicate the notch.
(leg notch detail photo)
4) Gently sharpen the bowl gouge by working one wing at a time and then, with minimum pressure, rotate across the nose to the opposite wing.