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    Thompson Tool list...

    What's your favorite Doug Thompson gouge, skew or scraper... do you have more than one, or are you jonesing for new ones that you don't have yet?

    Idle curiosity... and making my wishlist for the fridge.
    -Ned

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    Thompson Tool List

    3/4, 5/8, 1/2, 3/8 V bowl gouges an got a skew a 3/8, an a 1/2 U shaped bowl gouge comin soon.Putin in the order now

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    1/2", 3/8" V shaped bowl gouges, 3/8" detail spindle gouge and 1" skew. I love his tools especially when sharpened on my tormek.
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    Hi Ned,

    I have several of Doug's bowl gouges. And I use them all, but I would say I use the 1/2" and the 5/8" V the most. But depending on the size of your lathe and the wood you turn, I would say the 1/2" bowl gouge is a great choice.

    I also have his 1-1/4 skew, but haven't had the time to play with it much yet.

    Dave

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    A 3/8 bowl gouge, 2 3/8 detail gouges, a 3/4 spindle gouge. I handled all of them with my own designed handles and use them all all the time. The hold their edge nicely. I'm sure I'll be purchasing more of them. No doubt.
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    My four bowl gouges (1/2" and 5/8" in both V and U shapes) get used pretty equally. I'd have a hard time picking a favorite. I also have the 3/8" shallow detail gouge that is great now that I've gotten the hang of using it. I have the 1" or 1 1/4" skew that I'm sure is a fine skew, but in my hands it's more of a "surprise spiraling" tool. And I've got Doug's 1 1/4" scraper, but it's still handle-less, so I've not used it.

    For your lathe, I'd suggest either the V or U gouge in the 1/2" size. I think the majority of owners would recommend the V profile, including Doug himself.
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    Thompsons? Favorites?
    I use what works for me. Had to go look to see the brands.
    I guess you could say that my "good" ones are mostly Henry Taylor.
    The rest are a hodgepodge of early garage sale and genuine El Cheapos.
    That doesn't include the Don Pencil hollowing tools which, sadly, get very little use these days.
    And, I didn't answer yer question since I don't have any Doug Thompson tools. Oh, well.

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    Frank,
    I was just on his site yesterday, drooling a bit, and wondered what other folks had and/or wished for.
    -Ned

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    No Doug Thompson tools but I do have a 3/8 Hannes tool which I believe has Doug Thompson steel and a new(about a year old) Jerry Glaser 1/2 bowl gouge which I also believe is Thompson steel. Both are great. Wish I had a 5/8 with a truly good handle. I do like the weighted shot filled handles best. I have 15 or so other tools of various brands and quality, but I do think these have the best steel, hold the sharpest edge, for a longer time than anything else I have.

    Vaughn, can you easily explain the practical difference in the V and U shape gouges?

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    I'll take a look at his site.
    "Thompson steel" ? A new type steel?

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