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Forum topic by rlrobinhood posted 03-10-2013 03:00 AM 945 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2013 03:00 AM

Hi all,

I’m going to be attempting my first rifle stock. I found a series of AWESOME videos on youtube (I hope he completes the series). Anyways, the gentleman in the video is discussing “gouges” and how he likes them because they keep chips from wandering off (I think he’s talking about splitting off the side like what often happens with a flat chisel). See the video starting at 13:30


So, I have no experience with gouges and really don’t even know what they are. Are they just curved chisels? Are “turning gouges” the same as what he shows in the video, only using it like a chisel? Any good sources for a inexpensive beginning set?

Thanks a million.

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#1 posted 03-10-2013 03:20 AM

The gouges you are refering to are for carving. They come in different sizes and numbered according to the sweep. A lower sweep number indicates a flatter curve. The higher the number the deeper the curve…. I didn’t watch the video (sorry), but maybe the sizes he uses are mentioned and then you can find a set with those sizes

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 03-12-2013 01:47 AM

Thanks kdc68 for the guidance towards carving gouges. Didn’t know there was a separate kind of gouge. Anyone have any ideas on a good beginner set of gouges?

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 01:56 AM

rlrobinhood’s a link for Woodcraft….there’s other options out there…...maybe others will post more suggestions for you

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 03-17-2013 03:27 AM

Lee valley sells a decent starter set as well.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#5 posted 03-17-2013 10:35 PM

I have done some relief carving and I have about 20 gouges and I mostly use 2-3 of them. Straight gouge called a “firmer” a skew, and a #2 3/4” wide gouge. I learned to carve at my local Carver Guild. Mine was in Calif so it was called “California Carvers Guild. Look for one in your region and those folks will lead you to the right tools and technique.

-- "Just my opinion, I may be right"

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