Just bought one and was messing around with it. It's not as easy as it looks.
No it isnt!! I have a 1/2" Thompson that I bought a year or so ago that I still cant use. I think most of my problem is that the tool is so big, I cant get the proper angles on my mini lathe without hitting the lathe bed with the tool handle.Just bought one and was messing around with it. It's not as easy as it looks.
Ive been waiting for a bowl gouge video from you. Your videos are so good and I learn alot from them.a 1/2" thompson is my most used tool by far. Not sure why your having trouble on your mini lathe. I am on my 4th mini lathe and still using the same gouge. Of course I use it mostly on my big lathe. Take a photo showing me why you have the problem and I'll try to answer it. Could be either you grind or how you use the tool.
I plan to do a Bowl gouge demo this spring. Just haven't had time to work out all the details so I can teach it properly and everyone will hopefully learn how to use one,
This is the closest video I have to using a bowl gouge for now. hope you can pick up on some hints. Although I'm not showing a bowl gouge, the videos on turning a cove, turning a wine stopper, and the Hunter Osprey tools cover similar turning techniques as far as rubbing the bevel and guiding the tool.
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Without looking at what and how you do my first thought is perhaps the tool rest is too low.BassBlaster said:No it isnt!! I have a 1/2" Thompson that I bought a year or so ago that I still cant use. I think most of my problem is that the tool is so big, I cant get the proper angles on my mini lathe without hitting the lathe bed with the tool handle.
What type of cut are you trying to make?Just bought one and was messing around with it. It's not as easy as it looks.
Thanks for the tips. I'll practice that.duncsuss said:What type of cut are you trying to make? I use 2 main cuts with a bowl gouge: 1) scraping pull-cut ... gouge turned on its side so it's almost a C shape, the flute pointing towards the workpiece (bottom lip slightly closer to the blank than the top lip). Start with the cutting tip where the tailstock is supporting the blank, move it gently into the wood till it starts scraping, then pull the tip away from the center axis. 2) bevel-rubbing push-cut ... twist the gouge so the flute is aiming about 10 o'clock (if you're cutting towards the headstock) or 2 o'clock (if you're cutting towards the tailstock). Bring the tip up to the edge of the spinning blank and let it rest gently for a few seconds ... you need to create a ledge that the bevel can move onto, otherwise when you push the gouge into the wood it'll skid off and cut a screwthread across the face of the blank. When the ledge exists, you can start the real cut by gently pushing the tool so the bevel rides on the area it just cut -- kind of like clearing snow off the driveway.