Well it all gets quite confusing
Past tense, John -- it got
confusing, that's why I'm asking all these questions
First of all there are U shapes, V shapes and Superflute shapes which is an odd sort of U shape.
Following you so far ...
I personally prefer the V shape. I have never had a problem with shavings flying out.
Still following you ...
The V shape has more mass to the wings ... Doug Thompson's spindle gouge and Detail gouge are made from the same size rod as the bowl gouges.
Okay, I'm lost. If the rod is the same diameter, doesn't cutting a shallow U leave behind more mass than cutting a deep V?
The difference in the 3 is the difference in the depth of flute. The bowl is deep (either V or U) The detail gouge is very shallow ...
Wouldn't this mean the detail gouge has a lot more metal left behind than the bowl gouge? Meaning it's a stronger tool?
Typically spindle gouges are ground to a much sharper angle than a bowl gouge. This is why they are dangerous to use on a bowl.
What angle would you recommend for a bowl gouge? And for a spindle gouge?
My bowl gouge is currently ground with about 45 degrees bevel at the nose (I can't say for certain that it stays at 45 degrees all the way round the wings). If I increase the angle, will it make it easier for me to get a smooth transition from sides to bottom? What's the trade off if I do that?