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post #21 of 29 Old 03-15-2009, 07:06 PM
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dano, I'm glad I could be an inspiration to you. If I can make a suggestion to you, you may want to get a set of flat jaws for your chuck. It will allow you to do a lot more. It makes finishing the bottom of bowls easier as well. Here's a couple of pics of the finished bowl.
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I'd like a bigger chuck, but I think I'm going to have to get some better tools first. Specifically, some bowl gouges. I know that hollowing a bowl or a box with the parting tool is wrong, but it was the most sturdy tool that worked for me - an indication that I need to find out the correct way of doing it!

What tools do you use for hollowing bowls?
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Great looking bowl! I am new to turning wood, about 6 months now. If you get a good bowl gouge and a bowl scraper you will be able to turn bowls much safer and faster. Have fun and be safe.

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I don't have a scraper yet. I do most of it with a bowl gouge and I clean it up with a skew chisel. The scraper is on my list, I just haven't gotten it yet.

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I actually bought a prybar at L the other day - it was on sale for $5 - for the purpose of grinding it down into a scraper. I'll work on that today and see how that goes.

I guess I'll go ahead and order a bowl gouge. I know I need one. I want one. I just don't know which one to get, and for $50+, it could be risky getting a crummy one.
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I went to the woodstore this weekend and almost bought a bowl gouge. I was told that the bowl gouge is difficult to use at first but once you really learn to use the bevel, it works like a champ!

He actually talked me out of the bowl gouge for now for a good scraper. He recommended using a scraper for the inside of a bowl unless you are turning something really deep.

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PT, Get the bowl gouge. Once you get it practice on some scrap before you dig into good stock. It will not take long to get the feel for it. The scraper will only get you so far. It is more refining the shape of a bowl rather than forming the bowl.

Dano, You do not have to go out and buy the most expensive gouge. As a starter you might look at the ones Penn State Ind. has. It will at least get you started and if something happens to it you are not out that much. Good luck with the pry bar scraper. If it doesn't work look again at Penn State.

I am mostly a self taught turner. It has taken a lot of work to get where I am. I spent a week with my Uncle a little over a year ago and he showed me some things I was doing wrong. You guy's may want to find someone in your area that is willing to show you some "how to". It makes it a lot easier. The few days I spent with my Uncle helped a lot.

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Price wise, you could check out Highland Woodworking's Bodger tools. They've got fairly inexpensive bowl gouges.

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I ordered a bowl gouge today from Woodcraft. I wish there was a store close to me, but it's two hours away.

I also wish there were some clubs / classes / ANYONE near me that I could watch / work with / learn from. There seem to be some small woodworking clubs in my town, but I haven't seen any evidence that there is another lathe within 100 miles of mine. :(

Anyhow, I broke my promise to Mike. I wanted to make another jar / lidded box today, and my bowl gouge (that I ordered this morning) hasn't come yet. I'm gonna go post a pic of it. :D
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