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post #1 of 7 Old 07-10-2011, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Finish cuts on the outside of 10-12" bowls?

Today I finish turned a 10" maple bowl and was making the finish cuts on the outside with a side ground bowl gouge. Maybe because it's been a month or two since my last bowl I was having a heck of a time getting the finish cuts right and ended up spending a couple of hours of quality time with 80 grit sandpaper. For the inside cuts I usually mostly use the bowl gouge, but maybe touch it up at the end with an inside scraper.

I'll get there eventually with the bowl gouge, but am I making it hard on myself by not having some kind of scraper for the outside? What kind of scraper does one even use on the outside?

The bowl came out pretty decent, right now the walnut oil is drying.
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I use a 1" or 1.25" round nose scraper on both the inside and outside of most of my bowls just to get that nice clean last cut.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I too use a roundnose scraper to do the finishing cuts on the inside and outside of a bowl before moving on to sandpaper. By using a sheer scraping method I can usually get a decent cut that requires less sanding.

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It's hard to beat the John Jordan shear scraper for the outside. Here is his website. Look under tools.
You use it at a 45 degree angle. It has 2 sides. One ground to the left and one to the right so you can do the entire outside of a hollow vessel. Of course it also works on bowls. I also use it on the lips of platters and sometimes on large spindles. Fantastic tool.

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John, you ever have a catch with the point on that scraper? It looks a bit too much like a skew for my level of comfort just from the photos on his website there, are the photos decieving? Is it easy to use?

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I may be the only person who did. I took a class from Ray Key and was using the scraper. Generally you use the middle or lower half but I was trying to get in to the bottom of a bowl and had very little room between the foot and waste wood I had cut away. I have shear scraped with the upper 1/3rd before with out any problem. the problem was I stuck the long point into the waste portion and of course it kicked back like crazy. Stupid mistake on my part, not the tool. It is a very forgiving tool to use and works incredibly well.
If you do buy one get his ceramic sharpening stick. I sharpened mine with diamond hones for a couple of years and on a whim picked up the ceramic stone from John at a show. I was amazed at how much better it raised the burr.
I had made my own version of the angled shear scraper and have used the V shaped Raffen scraper (I think it's raffen it may be Ray Key). anyway I think John's is better and it stored in the handle which is great.
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Sure, now mention the ceramic stone as a must have when I placed my order this morning... I'll call tomorrow morning to add it. Thanks for the advice.
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