Gouge Sharpening Through a Microscope

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Using a cheap USB microscope I took some closeup shots of the scratch pattern and burr on a HSS bowl gouge through three sharpening methods.

Here’s the full album of images

For the purpose of woodturning it seems like the fineness of the edge doesn’t matter a whole lot.  While the burr looks very nasty, and would be bad to have on a smoothing plane iron, it will get immediately knocked off in a woodturning project.

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