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post #21 of 23 Old 04-25-2010, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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well guys it been a while since i checked on this post, i just wanted to say thank you for all he replies
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The V shape flute will be ground like the flute shape with a small nose radius and straight wings. What happens is the small radius is not grabby because it is small and it has wings for roughing and scraping. The U shape flute has a very large nose radius which works great on a finish cut inside a bowl.

The AAW magazine had a article last year... a scratch from a 80 stone will give the sharpness of a 80 grit stone no matter what steel it is.
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I use my 1/2" V shaped Thompson gouge most of the time. I use a 5/8" gouge for roughing really out of round pieces of very large pieces. I prefer the 1/2" gouge for most work due to the lighter weight. I can still take a huge shaving with the 1/2" so don't feel that I need a larger tool.
Of course David Ellsworth preaches using a 5/8". He's turned a few more vessels than I have.
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