need help!!!!!! on turing tools for first time bowl turn

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01-13-2011 07:50 AM

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Hello, I’m really wanting to start bowl turning but I don’t know what tool would be better to get. I have been looking at the easy finisher mini ci3 and the sorby finger nail 3/8 gouge. I will start turning small bowls and goblets till I can update my lathe to something nicer. I have the easy rougher and I have a sorby starter set and I really like both. SO I hope you all can help me figur out what would be best for me.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 01:35 PM

I have a easy rougher, I really like it. I personaly think it is just a preference, on the tool you will use do to what kinda things you are going to turn. Some turners just use a gouge. Others like myself use about all of them in one way of another. Just make they are sharp.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 04:26 PM

How we turn bowls varies a lot from turner to turner. Lyle Jamison, a somewhat famous turner, only uses a bowl gouge with his own style of fingernail cut.

I personally think the easy rougher is the tool to go to for most material removal and it can leave a relatively smooth flat surface (sides and bottom of bowl) but it cannot leave a smooth inside curve. I use a heavy bowl scrapper to finish the inside of most bowls. It is often the case that the only tools I use when making a bowl is the easy rougher and the bowl scrapper. However, there are situations where I grab a bowl gouge to do a particular shape.

If you are inexperienced with either the bowl gouge or the bowl scraper, you may want to read, watch a video and/or get some guidance from a mentor. There is some technique required.

Also – Make sure you have the equipment you need to do a good job of sharpening and that you know how to sharpen. The scraper, in particular, needs to be sharpened often.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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