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post #1 of 7 Old 11-04-2011, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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As I have said, I am new to this. I want to try my hand at bowls.

What is the difference between a spindle gouge and a bowl gouge of the same diameter? All I have is pictures to look at.

Could a spindle gouge possible be used as a bowl gouge?

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-04-2011, 08:55 PM
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A spindle gouge can be used to turn bowls but will probably need the tip to be reground and you can't extend it very deep. bowl gouges have a deeper flute which allows you to grind the wings (the upper part of the U) into different shapes to both help cut the bowl and clear shavings.
Some spindle gouges are the same thickness as bowls gouges (see the Thompson gouges www.thompsonlathetools.com Other spindle gouges have thinner bodies which makes them flex too much to turn bowls.
A spindle gouge can be used to turn a bowl but usually it should be a shallow bowl. Deep sided bowls can be hard to turn with spindle gouges for beginners. I've been turning for more than 25 years and can use a spindle gouge for all sorts of things that might be unsafe for new turners.
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My bowl gouges are more versatile than most of my other tools. If you grind them somewhat to the profile of an Ellesworth grind, they become very useful for many applications.

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I have the crown pro pm and there is a considerable difference in the diameter in the 3/8" spindle gouge and the bowl gouge. I recently took a 6 hour bowl turning class and the instructor said he had seen people bend a spindle gouge when using it on a bowl.
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I have the crown pro pm and there is a considerable difference in the diameter in the 3/8" spindle gouge and the bowl gouge.
It should be noted that spindle gouges are measured by outside diameter of the shaft. However, UK made bowl gouges are measured from one side of the flute to the opposite outside diameter. So a 3/8” UK bowl gouge is about the same as a ½” US bowl gouge.
As shown here http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=packard&Catego ry_Code=tools-crn
So, if you have a Sorby bowl gouge with ½” diameter and want a smaller one, you should not order a Sorby 3/8” bowl gouge.

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I would not use or alter a spindle gouge to make bowls.
A word of caution my brother has had 6 stitches put in his head above the left eye for using a spindle gouge on bowls.
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