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Thread: Bent my bowl gouge.. a 5/8" bowl gouge

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    Bent my bowl gouge.. a 5/8" bowl gouge

    I loaded up a chunk of wood - a chunk of spalted maple - to turn a bowl. The bowl would have been about 10-11 inches diameter, but was a little out of balance to start... not a real problem usually... however, my Jet 1442 evidently didn't like the wobble... he head stock kept kicking loose, the lathe walked about 8 or 10 inches towards the door and somehow and sometime I must have caught the gouge too far over the tool rest and now have a curved bowl gouge. It bent about 5 degrees along the back side... the groove side up.

    I've taken a hammer to it and straighten it a little, but I'm think I'll be getting a new tool in the near future.
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    Dang. What kind of bowl gouge was it, Chuck? I've heard of them breaking, but never bending.

    BTW, for bowl gouges, look no further than here:

    http://www.thompsonlathetools.com/

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    Too bad it bent it in that direction, could have been used for hollow form if it was bent the other way..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Too bad it bent it in that direction, could have been used for hollow form if it was bent the other way..
    If Chuck thought a catch on the outside of the bowl was fun, he'd absolutely love the ones he can get with a gouge inside a hollow form.
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    Vaughn would you be kind enough to give us some recommendation on which ones to buy as a starter kit. I have a basic set but in the gouges my stuff is junk. One side is not the same as the other in the u part. Dont quiet know how they got that right but thats what cheap tools are about.

    I aint into the big stuff just say 7 inch size bowl or smaller.

    Thanks
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    2nd to Vaughn's Thompson link. I have several with an eye winking at 2 more.
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    Vaughn beat me to it. I was going to say if he likes the outside catch yea baby wait till he hits a inside the bowl catch.
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    I have 2 Thompson bowl gouges - 1/2 roughing and 1/2 finish and they are fantastic tools. I will admit I have not been using them much lately because other tools ive been using but you will not go wrong with the Thompson tools...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Vaughn would you be kind enough to give us some recommendation on which ones to buy as a starter kit. I have a basic set but in the gouges my stuff is junk. One side is not the same as the other in the u part. Dont quiet know how they got that right but thats what cheap tools are about.

    I aint into the big stuff just say 7 inch size bowl or smaller.

    Thanks
    Rob, beyond the typical Harbor Freight starter set (which has no bowl gouges), I'm not a big fan of the sets. I think a person is better off buying a few versatile tools instead of a set that has several that will hardly (if ever) get used.

    If I were to choose just one bowl gouge, it'd probably be the 1/2" V shape Thompson gouge. I'm comfortable turning nearly anything with that. A 1/2" V shape and 3/8" U shape would make a good complimentary pair for smaller pieces, and still be very usable on the big stuff. I find myself using all sizes of gouges on all sizes of pieces. I might grab a 3/8" gouge for cleaning something up on a 16" bowl, but on the other hand, I like using a 3/4" bowl gouge to turn bottle stoppers. (I'm a bit odd that way.) If I were putting together a set of tools from scratch, I'd probably have one or two bowl gouges, and square scraper and a radiused scraper (both in the 3/4" to 1 1/4" range, as thick as practical), and a parting tool. The Ci1 and Ci0 carbide tools (or their smaller mini cousins) would also be good additions to a set, in my opinion. If you add in a 3/8" detail gouge and the dovetail tenon cutter I made out of an old Harbor Freight scraper, that would pretty much sum up the tools I use on a very regular basis. (Except I have six bowl gouges instead of one or two.) Keep in mind that's for someone who does very little spindle work. If a person is primarily making pens, bottle stoppers or furniture parts, they'd be better served with a different assortment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Dang. What kind of bowl gouge was it, Chuck? I've heard of them breaking, but never bending.

    BTW, for bowl gouges, look no further than here:

    http://www.thompsonlathetools.com/

    It was a Benjamin's Best from PSI...
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