WT428 – Woodturning Gouges vs Scrapers

On today’s show we’re talking about: gouges vs scrapers, low angle jack advice, tack cloths, our business names, and getting into restoration

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What’s on the Bench

  • Matt has finished the Highboy and is almost done with the waterfall table


  • Harry the Robot doesn’t understand why there is a war between gouges and scrapers with woodturning
  • James suggests Matt might like his Low Angle Jack if he pulls it instead.
  • Michael questions the use of tack clothes and wants our opinion
  • Nick is ready to start his woodworking show/business and wonders about how to name it
  • Steve wants to get into furniture restoration and wonders how best to start

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3 replies on “WT428 – Woodturning Gouges vs Scrapers”

Great show guys. I enjoy your down to earth approach to woodworking. I admire the pride each of you take in creating your pieces, which brings me to my point of the email. I was a bit dismayed to hear the beautiful work of Darrell Peart is partly done through the CNC and to a smaller degree, biscuits. I understand your point about production work vs one of a kind pieces. Part of the admiration I have for well done pieces is the amazing craftsmanship it must have taken to make it. CNC work, although amazing in it’s possibilities, seems to take away some of the admiration. Thoughts? Thanks again for a great show.

I think that’s the sort of thing that causes us to question our own standards as well as the definition of quality. Is his work any less beautiful because you now know that CNC and biscuits were involved? Would his work be any more beautiful if he included real tenons inside the structure where no one would ever see them? Frankly, I think we as hobbyists tend to romanticize the hidden details when they mean very little to the rest of the world.

Well taken. I do think it depends on perspective. Although it does matter to me whether Marc cut “that piece” or machine did, perhaps I’m also hypocritical in that I use tablesaws,jointers & routers every day.

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