Bowl turning question

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I am adding a picture of what I have done so far to the outside of my project. Simple yes…but I am more concerned of doing the inside. The piece is 8 inches long, 3 1/2 inches wide, Darryl thinks I shouldn’t try it that its too small to get inside to hold anything and to just drill holes to hold the utensils. Hmmmmm. If you guys don’t feel I have the tool to do it then I guess I’ll have to whimp out and drill the holes. It’s not that I don’t listen to Darryl just that he hasn’t had much experience either in turning. Right now for doing a few of these as gifts it doesn’t justify the price of the bowl tool. Those are some hefty prices! LOL
Also ? on the tool bar how far does one have it from the wood? Just want to make sure I am doing things correct.
Thanks for any infor.

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#1 posted 09-27-2007 07:43 PM

From left to right,

1. Looks like a scraper, but not sure. bad angle. If it’s flat on the top, it’s a scraper. If it’s a scraper, the angle of the grind is not good. Makes the burr (the cutting mechanism) way too delicate. Bevel should be more to 80ยบ if it’s a scraper.
2. Looks like a 1/2” round nosed scraper
3. Diamond parting tool, probably 1/8” or 3/16” at the cross section of the sidest part of the tool
4. Forged gouge. Probably best used as a roughing gouge, but is probably sharpened at more of a spindle gouge angle

5. Forged spindle gouge (maybe 3/8” across the flute??) with something of a fingernail grind (swept back, but because it’s forged, there are no wings to sharpen.
6. 1” or so skew. I’d make the bevel a little longer and increase the sweep of the grind, but that’s me.
7. Another forged gouge, maybe spindle, maybe bowl, depends on how heavy the bottom of the “flute” is and the severity of the bevel angle.
8. 1/2” or 5/8” skew. Same comments as above.

9. A bit hard to tell for sure, but could be either a scraper if the top is flat or a gouge if there is a flute.
10. Skew. Same comments as above.
11. Looks like a shallow gouge, but again, could be a scraper if the surface shown is actually flat and not a flute.
12. Called a diamond point scraper. Most of these have a bevel that’s ground back pretty far. It was originally designed (so I’m told) for production turners to use for the quick production of beads and fat vee-grooves. Scraped beads are not a good thing, and vee-grooves cut by a sharp skew are way better than scraped grooves.

NOTE: Forged tools are generally less expensive, and usually carbon steel, not high speed. That means that they will not hold their edge as long as more expensive, tougher steel.

NOTE: A number of folks I know that still use their carbon steel tools, resharpen this to move the point way left and elongate the left bevel. The goal is to make a square scraper that is offset so that you can make a square corner in the bottom of a box or vessel without rubbing the entire tool on the left side of your project while trying to trim up just the very small corner at the bottom.

Hope it helps.

-- Dean, Missouri

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Bob #2

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#2 posted 09-27-2007 08:07 PM

Looks like you have a basic spindle set there.
Have alook here at the various bowl gouges to give you and idea of the general shape they have.


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#3 posted 09-28-2007 09:14 AM

Like Dean and Bob said – it’s hard to tell from the picture, but I think you have all you need to turn a bowl except the bowl gouge, and maybe some experience :-)).

I can turn a bowl with the best of them – unfortunately mine won’t be nearly as nice as most of the guys on here. Mine tend to be a little thick. It just takes practice, one of these days I’ll get the lathe bug again.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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