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 Mahoney
Orem, Utah
Teacher, author, and wood turner Mike Mahoney answers eight reader questions about tools and techniques for turning bowls.

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Why are there so many different gouges?
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