Can a Wood Turning Chisel Cut Against the Grain?
The wood turning chisel is probably the most essential tool that a wood turner can have. There are many types of chisels that are designed for a variety of tasks. The chisel is a tool that is used in cutting the wood as it spins on a lathe machine. Hence the tool is subjected to more wear and tear because of the large number of rotations.
Features of the Wood Turning Chisel
A wood turning chisel is made with a very long handle that is made of a high density plastic material or wood. It is made longer for safety and control and should be balanced and comfortable to work with. There is a tang that is built into the handle and a head that is angle cut at 35 to 40 degrees. High density steel is mostly used in the chisel itself, making it very hard with the ability to retain its sharpness for a long period of time.
Can the Tool Be Used Against the Wood Grain?
Work against the grain only if you are using a high powered turning machine, or risk damaging the surface of the wood beyond repair. If you do not have a high powered turning machine, always work along the grain of the wood. Use slow movements during your carving since deeper grained wood can take a chisel a bit deeper than you may anticipate.