Background with a shapening Question
I needed a new gouge and bought one of the Thompson Gouges and a nice handle from Monster. First let me say what great service and fast shipping they both had. I unpacked it and put the two together on my first day off which was today. Went out to the garage and put a pc of mesquite up on my Jet lathe and took the gouge for a trial run. For the fun of it i started with taking the bark off and rounding it. This tool is exceptional and cut like no gouge i have used before (ok ok ok so i only had Harbor freight general lathe HSS tools to compare to in terms of gouges ). I Really had a ball turning it round and shaping the outside.
Then changed over to my Ci1 to cut the tennon. Why? as i rounded the end of the blank with the Thompson it was like this.......catch......catch.......catch.....catch. ...stall.....catch ....stall...........hummmm not so good with it right now.......but its a learning curve so i took out my Ci1 cut the tennon and reveresed it in my Supernova chuck.........
Let the hollowing begin......ok well i really suck at using it right now and i found out how much i need to practice......I kept getting catches and stopping the lathe from hitting it with the tip or holding it wrong.
Back to the Grumbine/Raffan DVD's I guess............
A few cuts went well and alot of cuts stopped the lathe. Eventually i got it hollowed out and used my big ole bowl scrapper to take a few finish cuts......Sanded to 320,Antique Oil,Stain,several coats of Laquer and will let sit and buff later...........
Problems and Questions
1). Im not sure how to go about sharpening this gouge when its time to sharpen. I have been using a Jet Wet grinder (see pic below) with the angle attachement but i put the Thompson in it and held it to the grinder and i am having trouble figuring out the correct angle. I have manipulated the angle of the jig, the rest and shortened and extended the tool in the jig but......I am still leary of trying this new gouge as i do not want to screw up the grind that it came with.......any comments ???
What i want is to achieve the exact same angle grind on this tool everytime because i love how it cuts.
In the pic below it has another tool in it just for the sake of illustrating the setup.
Aside from the above i am having a issue with the grinder itself.....I have redressed the wheel the other day and now the dang thing is running fast and slow on its own...speeds up and slows....its like something is making it drag at times...or like tensioning it on and off quickly...... I have the tension backed all the way off and speed all the way up to..........anyway.........Thoughts ????
Pictures 1-3 show the grinder and setup with HSS tool in it for illustration purposes
Pictures 4-6 is the Thompson with the Monster hanlde - Got the larger handle and loving every min of holding it.........LOL
Pictures 7 & 8 show the bowl i was talking about with a experimental finish - you will see that the edge of the bowl and comming in to the inside is a bit concave and i dont think i sanded it well enough in a couple areas - see the upper right hand inside of the bowl for very darken areas that took the stain darker.
Picture 9 - Big Ole' Scrapper as i call it....bought the scrapper unhandled and stuck it to a handle i hand laying around