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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.

    just arrived

    I ordered a couple of tools from A Benjamin's Best 2" roughing gouge and a bowl gouge. I had originally ordered a 3/8" but they were out of it so I got a 1/2" instead.
    I am waiting on the new BlackHawk sharpening system to arrive to put a fingernail grind on the bowl gouge but the 2" roughing gouge cut really nice right out of the package. They have nice long handles on them not the same fit and finish I would expect from a Sorby or one of the other brands but at 38 dollars for the roughing gouge and about 20 for the bowl gouge both high speed steel and they both are milled quite nicely.

    Put the first coat of finish on the handle for the ec tool hopefully will get that epoxied in tomorrow and give that a spin next week so I will review all these soon!
    He who laughs last, thinks slowest

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean

    Take care and have fun with your new toys.

    It is always nice to hear about something that is less expensive than the mainline, yet performs well.


    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Congrats, Rich. The Benjamin's Best tools are a good mid-level choice, and they should serve you well. I think you'll get more use out of the 1/2" gouge than you would a 3/8"...or at least I sure do. When the time comes to upgrade, I highly recommend Thompson Lathe Tools. Doug makes some of the best gouges on the market, and they are considerably more affordable than the lesser "name brand" tools.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Cape Cod, Ma.
    Cool! Thanks Vaughn! I just checked his website. Wow you arent kidding he is very reasonable!
    I will definitely order my next cutters from him!
    Last edited by Rich Soby; 10-02-2011 at 01:45 AM.
    He who laughs last, thinks slowest

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    I started with the Ben Best tools. I agree with Vaughn that Thompson's are the best I have used and have several but still use my 1/2" and 3/8" BB's a lot.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

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