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Forum topic by Mike posted 07-15-2018 04:53 PM 705 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2018 04:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question turning gauge

Hello everyone,
I am relatively new to turning. I am using 1’ 3/4” framing lumber as practice.
Which size of gauge should I get be using to effectively remove wood as I’m assuming that bigger isn’t always better.
Thanks
Mike

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#1 posted 07-15-2018 05:43 PM

A 1 1/4 roughing spindle gouge is typically the “norm” for knocking spindles down to round. Keep it sharp and maintain good spindle speed and will go fast and cleanly.

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#2 posted 07-15-2018 07:21 PM

A lot depends on if you are going to be making bowls or pens. This video is a good place to start. Then I really liked Mike Waldt's beginner series of 14 videos. Whatever you do, like TravisH said, find a way to keep the tools sharp.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 07-15-2018 08:31 PM

Rule of thumb “spindle” in the name of a turning tool never gets used with a bowl when it comes to beginner turners.

I roughing a bowl blank then something like a 5/8 inch bowl gouge will be what you want to use and opposite of spindle turning you want to go the other direction with the speed and slow down.

Videos above are good or there are several good books. Get Started in Woodturning by American Association of Woodturners is tough to beat as an introductory book. Fine Woodworking has Turning Techniques and Projects that is also good. Several others but those probably the best that I have come across as far as the basics.

https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.woodturner.org/resource/resmgr/fundamentals/guidetogouges.pdf

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#4 posted 07-15-2018 08:56 PM


Rule of thumb “spindle” in the name of a turning tool never gets used with a bowl when it comes to beginner turners.


Good info…although the original poster mentioned nothing about bowl turning… by his comment that he is using framing lumber I assume that he was practicing spindle turning.

I do a lot of spindle turning, I round with a 1” roughing gouge, for detail I used to use a 3/8 spindle gouge, I recently picked up a 1/2” spindle gouge, I really like it, I think it cuts much better than the 3/8”

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#5 posted 07-16-2018 01:28 AM



Which size of gauge should I get be using to effectively remove wood
- Mike

For bringing the stock to round (from square) most folks use a Spindle Roughing Gouge and 1” to the 1 -1/4” stated above. It should handle most anything 4X4 square stock or less. Mine is a 1” and I have never needed anything larger.
For working the wood details (beads, coves, etc) I find a 1/2” spindle gouge will do most but the smaller 3/8” detail spindle gouge generally lets you work in tighter places due to the different design.

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#6 posted 07-16-2018 08:10 PM

If just starting out recommend 3/4” roughing gouge and can use it on both small & large spindles. If don’t know how to sharpen turning tools recommend look for inexpensive tools to start. Penn State sells one for less than $20 before shipping.

https://www.pennstateind.com/store/LX250.html

If want to do a lot of spindle turning these two sets will not set you back too much if live near a HF store especially if have a coupon. Would not buy them from an online source.

https://www.harborfreight.com/professional-high-speed-steel-wood-turning-set-8-pc-61794.html

https://www.harborfreight.com/professional-high-speed-steel-wood-lathe-chisel-set-8-pc-69723.html

Once learn to sharpen your tool might look at this style roughing gouge.

http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=packard&Product_Code=100110&Category_Code=tools-pkrd-rg

I get by with two Henry Taylor roughing gouges ¾ “ & 1 1/4” both over twenty years old.

Just need basic M2 HSS tools starting out, you can always improve your tools as you learn to sharpen & turn and move onto bigger projects.

Both of these vendors will send you a free catalog which can help you select what you need when you want something. Of course lot of online vendors but be carefull, might check here for info on them.

https://www.pennstateind.com/

https://www.harborfreight.com/professional-high-speed-steel-wood-lathe-chisel-set-8-pc-69723.html

-- Bill

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#7 posted 07-20-2018 06:13 AM

Hi, I am a beginner as well probably always will be. I use Benjamin’s best, they are good tools but not expensive and yet good quality don’t get expensive tools until you learn to sharpen. you first gouges you will sharpen away learning how. Its better to waste a 25.00 gouge to learning than an 80.00 one. What is your primary interest spindle turning or bowls. Also get a chuck, I put it off and I am sorry I did. I got a Nova G3 wish I got one from the start

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