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post #1 of 5 Old 02-04-2012, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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When I got my lathe, I went and purchased a cheap set of tools. I think it has 8 tools in it. I will eventually replace the ones I use with higher quality tools once I get this sharpening thing down.

My question today is about hollowing. My set came with a couple spindle guoges, a detail gouge, a couple of scews, a parting tool and a couple scrapers. It didnt come with anything for bowls and end grain hollowing and I'd like to start messing around with some lidded boxes and small bowls. I think I have narrowed it down to Sorby tools but which ones would you reccomend for small bowls and such?

Also, I dont have a roughing guoge. What size do most of you prefer? Ive been using my 1" (largest I have) spindle gouge and my home made easy wood tool for roughing.

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A link to the set you have may help. I assume the 1 spindle gouge you have is a spindle roughing gouge.
One thing to remember is that Sorby bowl gouges (and others made in the UK) the size is by the flute; in the US it is by the diameter of the shaft. So a 3/8 Sorby is the same size as a 1/2 US, likewise a1/2 Sorby = 5/8 US. The size variation does not occur in spindle gouges, only bowl gouges.
Packard Woodwork carries their own brand made by Hamlet (UK) as well as Sorby and several other brands.
For bowls, I would suggest either a 3/8 or 1/2 bowl gouge. A 3/8 in UK or a 1/2 in US. should serve you well.
Im sure other will have more/better suggestions.
I'm still using my Sorby's purchased in the 80's.

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Check out woodturnerscatalog.com. Their Artisan tool line are good tools for beginners. Henry Taylor tools are nice as well. And when your ready, step up to a Doug Thompson gouge, you won't regret it.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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If you have a 3/4 or 1" spindle gouge that works great as a rough out gouge. You don't really need a rough out gouge per se. They are handy of you do a lot of spindle especially larger ones for a spindle gouge works just fine.
I would consider purchasing a 1/2" bowl gouge. The [email protected] gouges are fairly inexpensive and do a good job.
I may have missed it but a parting tool is a good tool to have. You can check out my videos on youtube to better understand how to use some of the tools. I have plans for many more so subscribe to my youtube account and it will alert you when I have made another one. Here is the one on the roughing gouge. If you just type in john60lucas in the youtube box it will bring up all of them
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Thanks for the replies guys.

John, I am a subscriber to your youtube channel. I do have a parting tool. Its a flat sided 1/4" tool. I'm actually gonna go to the thrift store and pick up a couple knives and make some others. I picked out what I thought was an old knife out of the kitchen drawer and told the wife I was gonna make a lathe tool out of it and she flipped a lid on me, lol.

I suppose for now, I'll just add a bowl gouge to the arsenal. Thanks for the help guys. Its greatly appreciated!!

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