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I just bought a new lathe. I have no gouges and need to get some. I want good ones like the Thompson tools with about $300 to spend which ones do i need to turn bowls and lidded boxes. Also i am going to make a round and square carbide cutter.

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Just for bowl gouges I would go with a 3/8 and a 1/2. If you lathe is over 12" swing I would go with a 5/8 instead of the 1/2.
For spindle work (boxes) I would go with either a 1/2 or 3/8. If one I would go with the 3/8. You can rough the spindles with your bowl gouge.
You will probably also need non-gouge such as a parting tool also. I use mine for such a short time per turning I am still using my Sorby from the 80's. A decent 1" skew will also be a good help with boxes and similar items.

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I turn pretty much all my bowls with a 5/8" bowl gouge and a 1/2" Thompson's detail gouge (for shaping the tenon and sometimes cutting off the nib when reverse turning). I tend to turn larger bowls so for smaller stuff you could drop down a size. Occasionally I use a round nose scraper to clean up the inside so that's an option too. I don't have a good one but I should probably get one.

That detail gouge is my go to on the rare occasion that I turn a spindle as well. Love that tool! And yes, you will probably want a parting tool.

There is nothing at all wrong with buying a couple of Benjamin's Best (or equivalent) gouges to practice with until you figure out what grind you like and how to sharpen it efficiently. They work just fine and you won't cry when they're 4 inches shorter after a few months of trial and error. After that practice period your gouges will last much, much longer.

Have you budgeted for your sharpening setup?
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I also like the Sorby tools.You will need a parting tool.I like the 3/16".I also like the beveled skew.A little more of a learning curve but worth it.I use a 1 1/4" roughing gouge.Makes quick work out of the roughing process.
If you give more info on what you are turning you will get better answers.
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I bought the psi 8 piece set, in the spring when i can mow more yards i will buy some Thompson tools. For sharpening i have a 8 inch slow speed grinder and a oneway jig. I do need to put a good wheel on the grinder. Also i need a chuck is the vicmarc vm120 a good one, my lathe is a jet 1642.

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Sounds like you're on your way. We want pics! Don't be shy!

Can't comment on the Vicmark, I just have Novas. The SN2 would be a good choice for your lathe.
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From everything I have heard the Vicmarc is a very good chuck.
I have Nova's and the Supernova 2 should handle anything you need.
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