Hi gang! Since I have a literal pile of fresh wet maple out in the yard, I'm busily roughing out bowls on a daily (or nearly daily) basis. My two bowl gouges are naturally enough my 'favorite tools' of my arsenal at the moment. I'm looking down the road however, and from what I've seen on videos and learned through turning articles here there and everywhere, I may want/need a scraper at some point to smooth out the bottom/interior of a bowl.
Now, I've got two main sets of gouges and other implements of destruction, one came with my lathe, and is your basic HSS Harbor Freight starter set. The other is one I picked up from Jim Capozzi, which is an older set of mahogany handled Disston (sp?) and they're not HSS. I'm slowly working my way through both sets, learning how each tool works. I've got 4 however which are either factory ground or ground such that I'm thinking they need to be re-done, or I'm not sure what to use them for and am perfectly willing to re-grind them into a scraper instead of their 'designed' use.
First off, I have one tool in each set which are similar to a parting tool; except they're not tapered in the cross section. they each come to a point at about a 45° angle looking at the tip, with a relatively steep grind on them:
pardon the fuzzy images, but you get the rough idea of the shape. I look at these tools (this happens to be from the disston set) as a pointy scraper. Which I don't see a need for. I am thinking of re-grinding that as a round nosed (approximately 1/2") scraper. (more likely I'll do that on the HF version as it is HSS, this is carbon steel)
speaking of scrapers, This is what the disston carbon scraper is angled at the moment:
I"m thinking of regrinding that to a steeper angle, about 70° to 80° vs the 30° it is now (and it is very 'catchy' as it sits now).
and finally there is one tool in the HF set which has me puzzled.. it seems to be a skew which wasn't sharpened right:
I'm thinking that needs to be re-worked as well. though whether as a skew or a scraper, I'm not sure.
what say ye turning gurus? (and 'take better photos' is a given, It was raining and I didn't want to drag the nikon out to the shop just now)
edit: Oh, and I'm looking at a 1" bowl scraper from PSI as well...