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Bowl gouges

New the bowl game
What size & make of gouges do you guys recommend for starting out?
My biggest bowl will be done inboard at around 12-14"

Easy on the costs, please....I got a lot of stuff to buy.

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I got a "Benjamin's Best" 1/2 inch bowl gouge from an ebay seller.

It came with a straight grind, when I took a bowl turning class the first thing the teacher did was put a fingernail grind on it. I went from a catch a minute to just a couple the whole day.

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Get yourself some quality tools from the get go, you won't be sorry. I like these http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/st...uperflute?Args= They don't require sharpening as often. Start with a 1/2" and go from there.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I won’t suggest a brand but remember, the Brits measure across the flute and here it is the thickness of the steel. So a Brit 3/8 and a US 1/2 is the same size.
These folks carry a dozen or more brands and are great to work with also.
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I think a 1/2" US or 3/8" Brit. is the most popular size. If you want the best at a really good price try www.thompsonlathetools.com. I have 3 of the 1/2" V gouges. It is my most used tool and I have a lot of tools.
The [email protected] tools are good tools at a good prices. Those you can get at Woodcraft. I also like the Packard house brand tools as far as inexpensive tools go. www.packardwoodworking.com
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I got a "Benjamin's Best" 1/2 inch bowl gouge from an ebay seller.

It came with a straight grind, when I took a bowl turning class the first thing the teacher did was put a fingernail grind on it. I went from a catch a minute to just a couple the whole day.
I'm exactly the same except 5/8 instead of 1/2. I had a 1/2 but prefer the 5/8

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If you still have sharpening issues go for Penn State Industries PSI, Benjamin’s Best until your comfortable sharpening. If sharpening not an issue buy the best you can afford.

Have Henry Taylor and Crown M2 HSS tools that have served me well for many years. Have bought tool from Woodturners Catalog and Packard Woodworks and they are great people to deal with.

Want to buy a ˝” and 5/8” Thompson bowls gouges when mine wear out. I like both U and V shape bowl gouges.
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I have a set of Benjamin's Best and they are good tools. I have only been turning about a year and all I have turned is bowls. I'm not that good at it, but when I bought an Ellsworth bowl gouge, my quality improves 100%. It pays to have good tools. I also bought a packard radious bowl scraper. It is amazing what you can do with good tools. I am self taught with the help of YouTube.
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I have a set of Benjamin's Best and they are good tools. I have only been turning about a year and all I have turned is bowls. I'm not that good at it, but when I bought an Ellsworth bowl gouge, my quality improves 100%. It pays to have good tools. I also bought a packard radious bowl scraper. It is amazing what you can do with good tools. I am self taught with the help of YouTube.
Utube student here, too
Thanks for the Ellsworth lead
Any pics of your bowls????

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I have 1/2" bowl gouge and it was on the lower end costing $80.
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