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Adjusting the Bed to be Parallel to the Main Rod
It is important to keep the bed exactly parallel to the main rod of the gouger. If the bed is not parallel, the gouge curve will actually be cut slightly diagonally in the piece of cane. This results in many complications; mainly, the side thickness of the gouge will not be symmetrical on the shaped piece of cane.
On conventional machines, the bed is loosened and moved then retightened. It is manipulated by two alignment screws; one at each end of the bed. The problem created here is that the bed is totally free floating. There are too many variables introduced to make adjustments in a controlled fashion.
[standard machine bed screws]