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Turners use a variety of gouges for different purposes. Mahoney shares some basic lessons on differentiating them in this short video.
Spindle-roughing gouges should never be used for bowl turning. They have a thin tang and a traditional grind that can grab into end-grain fibers.
Bowl gouges can take a lot of abuse. They feature a deep flute and a heavier shank.
Spindle gouges, on the other hand, are designed for tight turnings like beads or coves. They feature a shallow flute, a long bevel, and a very long cutting sweep.
Mike MahoneyOrem, Utah Teacher, author, and wood turner Mike Mahoney answers eight reader questions about tools and techniques for turning bowls.
Why are there so many different gouges?NOW PLAYING
What’s the difference between shear scraping, scraping, and cutting? PLAY 2
What’s the right way to position a gouge? PLAY 3
How can I avoid tearout when turning end-grain fiber? PLAY 4
What’s the best way to handle difficult grain? PLAY 5
How can I prevent green wood from cracking? PLAY 6
What’s the best way to cut a tenon for a scroll chuck? PLAY 7
What’s the proper lathe speed? PLAY 8
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