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post #1 of 6 Old 02-16-2008, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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my tool size?

I'm starting off small - Bottle stoppers. Is a 3/8" spindle gouge adequate for this small job?
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There is no right or wrong tool, it depends on how you use it, just because someone say's this a roughing out gouge does not mean you can not use it for anything but roughiing, i have seen some guys do some very fine detail work with an 1 1/2" roughing gouge and even an axe. Work with whatever you feel comfortable with, the bigest thing is to make sure that you work with very sharp tools, the amount of people that think a tool is okay and go ahead and wounder why they do not progress as a turner, you will always see the difference in how it cuts if it is sharpe. A gouge is easy to sharpen just make sure you have a good jig, make one if you can not afford one, okay have gone of track but as your starting of you may as go the right way, have fun LB.
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size of my tool

thanks LB. As a new starter I intend to experiment with any variety of methods, but a gentle push in the right direction from you more experienced members is always going to be appreciated.
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A 3/8" spindle gouge is my most used tool, period. I do a lot of smaller work and I have 4 diffferent 3/8" spindle or detail gouges all with slightly different grinds. I just did 36 wine stoppers. I roughed them all into shape with the rought out gouge, then move to the 3/8" spindle gouge to get more shapes and then used the parting tool on the bottom and used the skew on larger curves.
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sharp tools

Yes sharp tools are a MUST.
Especially if you turn acrylic
for about 3 years I had to sharpen them on a grinder free hand because it was all i had.
I saved the money and bought a one way sharpening jig for the grinder and what a difference. it does not take much metal off and sharpens them great, the jig was about $80.00 and it was money well spent.
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I like your response john lucas. Not that I don't like anybody elses, it's just that you said what I wanted to hear. Little budda said the same. Whatever your comfortable with. So the general story is, do what your doing safely and efficiently and it will work. Trial and error are the best teachers. Thanks again for those supporting pieces of info.
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