I've read many references to tear out and want to understand this better. In paragraph five of this answer to a tear out question, Bowlturner says:

"Sharper gouges are more likely to cut the fibers instead of pulling them out and causing this problem. It took me a while to figure these things out."

What does a torn fiber look like compared to cut fiber?

Are there other ways to know if fiber is tearing instead of cutting?

  • It looks like a torn anything compared to a cut anything. Tearing happens when you rip something apart, cutting happens when you slice it cleanly. – Jason C Feb 26 '16 at 6:34
  • yes. i didn't know for sure. but, i was trying to get at the heart of what was meant by "it took me a while to figure these things out", which just seeing the difference at all. – NipFu Feb 26 '16 at 18:44
  • possible duplicate of What are these blemishes called and how do I avoid them? (even includes a clear picture of tearout in the OP). – Jason C Feb 26 '16 at 19:02
  • BTW it took me a while to figure out what was causing the issue, not what it was... – bowlturner Feb 26 '16 at 19:53

If you look at the picture provided by the OP of that question, you will see the pits where the fibers where pulled/yanked from the wood.

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here is what a good clean cut fiber looks like

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