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 Re: RDG Gouging Machine Care
Author: huboboe 
Date:   2017-07-30 03:16

WD-40 is a good idea. No need to soak it. Jus get it wet under the screw head and under the blade and let it sit for a half hour or so. Then find a piece of soft material like aluminum or brass, set that on top of the screw head and tap it lightly but firmly with a hammer to break loose the rust. The screw should come out easily. If not, repeat.

If the edge is not badly nicked or pitted you can easily sharpen it without changing the curve by laying the blade flat on the stone and sharpening the flat surface rather than the curved surface. when you have raised a burr on the curved side of the blade, strop it off (on your belt or such), remount the blade so that it shaves a hair thin chip across the width of the cane. CAREFULLY pull the carriage backwards across the bed to insure that it doesn't touch the cane stops, then gouge a piece of cane. Measure it and start tweaking the blade to achieve the dimensions you are trying for.

Each time you change a setting, be sure to confirm that the blade doesn't crash the cane stops!

When you split and pre-gouge your cane you will have trash, good pieces and questionable pieces. I suggest you save the questionable pieces for setup, as you will probably use up a lot of cane until you get it right. Then all your good cane will be used for reeds...

If the blade is badly chipped or rusted, you are probably better off buying a new blade from RDG...

Robert Hubbard

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