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#1 posted 07-29-2017 10:43 AM

I can turn a complete bowl with just a 1/2” bowl gouge and have couple of them with different bevel angles. Also have a 5/8” bowl gouge for hogging wood but can also do finishing cuts with it. My bowl gouges made by Crown, Henry Taylor and Thompson. I like both U & V shape gouges different bevel angles.

As need replacement tools will be buying unhandled tools from DougThompson. My Crown and Henry Taylor gouges just about wore out.

Bevel angles on a bowl gouge depend upon style or design of bowls you are turning and personal preference. Fingernail or side grind (Ellsworth) very popular and I use both. My bevel angles run 45, 55, and 60 degrees, but your mileage can and will vary based personal preference, style or design.

Information can seem confusing but once learn what works for you won’t sweat the chaff. If order free catalogs from Craft Suppies and Packard Woodworks will see how information can get confusing.

Only thing to remember is tools have to be sharp regardless of steel use to make them, and don’t cut well when dull.

-- Bill

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