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Bowl Gouges

I'm looking to get some new bowl gouges. was wondering what bowl gouge do you use for roughing out and/or finish cuts? type of grids, standard grid or finger nail grid? and which holds the the sharpest edge longer?

Right now I'm using Sorbys 1/2 bowls gouges, with both types of grids.

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Jeff,
I use mostly a 1/2" for roughing and a 3/8" for finish cuts, both with the fingernail grind. I did have another 3/8" with a standard grind and never used if for much with that grind, so last week, I changed it to a fingernail grind. I also have a 5/8" from Doug Thompson that I use for roughing out the large bowls. It's a fingernail grind also.
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Mike i was thinking of the Doug Thompson, how well does it hold its edge?

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Bowl gouges

I have about 6 ( I think) of his gouges,3/4 5/8 1/2 3/8 1/4 a skew an an love em all,they do hold an edge longer than most IMHO

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I have mostly Thompson tools now. I've been switching over. They hold an edge longer than any other tools i have. I like the shape of the flute (I use the V shaped). I think the Detail gouges are the best tools on the market and since I turn a lot of things other than bowls they are equal to the bowl gouge in the tool I grab most.
I use roughly the grind that Doug puts on the gouge although I grind a secondary bevel underneath the main bevel. My main bevel is only about 1/4" wide or less. This makes it quick to sharpen and it traces down the inside of a bowl better. I still soften the lower edge of the bevel to keep from bruising the wood.
I have 4 different grinds I use on bowl gouges but over 90 percent of the work is done with the 1/2" Thompson V gouge.
Be aware that foriegn tools are measured differently. American tools like Dougs are measure by shaft size, 1/2 gouge is 1/2" outside diameter. On foriegn tools they measure the flute width so a 3/8" tool is actually 1/2" in diameter. I did a survey of turners last year and 1/2" OD was what most people use for general turning.
I start out roughing really out of round pieces with a 5/8" decent brand bowl gouge. It doesn't hold an edge very long. I want the Thompson but will have to save up. I don't use the 5/8" very much so it's hard to justify the money. I'll just keep on sharpening this thing until it gets short.
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i use a record power 3/8" deep flute bowl gouge with a steep fingernail grind
a sorby would be better but for now im happy with the record

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I use a 5/8ths with a fingernail grind.

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Thanks for the info everyone.

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Just to tempt you further. www.thompsonlathetools.com
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John, I will be ordering some gouges from Doug soon Thanks

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I may see Doug Thompson at the end of the month. He usually comes down for the Tennessee Symposium but I haven't talked to him lately to find out if he is coming. I always drool over his tools even though I have quite a few. You can never have too many.
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