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post #1 of 6 Old 12-18-2009, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Tools for bowl turning

Ok so I'm starting to do more bowls, and really enjoy doing them. Besides the bowl gouge what other tools do you use for creating them. Carbine tools? Bowl scrapers? Anything else to make life easier and reduce sanding?


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Tools for bowl turning

I really shouldn't tell you what I have as I might scare ya off I have The Ci0 and the Ci1 & 2 plus a bunch of others that I can't remmeber. Anyway Those tools mentioned do make for a smoother finish,but I believe the best way to cut down on the sanding is the presentation of the tool and VERY sharp tools DO make a big differance.I have seen folks use the shear cut with a sharp gouge and start sanding with 220,(not me)a good scrapper can also leave a very smooth finish,I have a friend in NC that all he uses is a scrapper and does very little sanding.I hope this helps.

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i have the woodcraft superlong bowl scraper and it is awesome!!! it has nice weight to keep it from bouncing around and it is one heck of a beast!!

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Like Ken said above, keep your tools very sharp. Scrapers have to be resharpened constantly, as you are cutting with the wire burr left from the sharpening, so they are good for certain things, but not for everything. Work on taking very fine finish cuts using the bowl gouge in a sheer cut mode. Take your time and learn to control the tool, don't let the tool control you.
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All you really need for bowl turning is a bowl gouge. Maybe 2 if you need a different grind because of the shapes you try. New turners who aren't as confident with a bowl gouge may need a round nose scraper to clean up the tool marks. The thicker the better. I like a 3/8" thick by 1 1/2" wide.
You might also want a shear scraper to clean up the outside. I like the John Jordan shear scraper.
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