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SIDE-TO-SIDE  Adjustment Animated



The SIDE-TO-SIDE Adjustment system sets the offset of the blade and guide with respect to the BED.  This will modify the side thickness of your gouge.  Notice that the carriage moves back and forth moving the blade and guide closer or further from the main rod of the gouger.  Since the bed only moves radially to make sure that the bed is parallel to the main rod, this side-to-side adjustment creates the offset that makes this a DOUBLE RADIUS gouge.  Only one side of the blade edge creates the final cut in the cane on both sides (this is called the INSIDE EDGE of the blade.  This edge is the half of the blade that is between the bed and the main rod). 

To make this adjustment, first loosen the large black-capped screw located at the center on the top surface of the carriage.  This is the CARRIAGE ADJUST LOCK SCREW.  One-quarter turn should do it.  Turn the small black-capped screw located on the back surface of the carriage to make the adjustment.  This screw is visible as the left-most of the four capped screws shown in the animation.  Follow the indications on the top surface of the carriage to determine the direction to turn the screw.  Look at the brass nut located on this screw to aid in seeing how much the screw is being turned.  I often will only move from a flat facing up to a facet facing up on the brass nut, or something similar.  If you go too far, simply reverse the direction of the screw you are turning.  Make sure to account for a small amount of back-lash when reversing the direction you are turning the screw.  When you are finished, re-tighten the Carriage Adjust Lock Screw on the top surface of the carriage.