Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
When started tuning bowl & spindle gouges came with square grind and bevel angle of between 35 and 45 degrees. While that is true today vendors also sell fingernail, Irish, Side ground tools too.
When started turning Ellsworth and Craft Supply M-2 only gouges exception to square grind from manufacturer and vendors. Also sold Keys gouge modified spindle gouge called a detailed gouge. Richard Raffan had the round (curved) skew. Not sure, about Glaser tools cheapest one was about $95 from all vendors.
My M2 gouge came with sweptback flute/wings and bevel angle of 60-62 degrees.
Going from square ground tool, grind back flutes to resemble ladyfinger or fingernail. Not really trying to change bevel angle.
Irish, Ellsworth, Side, and Texas grinds all the same thing you are changing bevel angle and sweeping back flutes. You have to turn tool over and grind flutes before sharpening tool. Bevel angles can be anywhere from 55 to 80 degrees.
Whether you want Ellsworth or fingernail grind on your tools all it takes is a trip to the grinder.
Last edited by wildwood; 01-10-2012 at 10:17 AM.