Wood Turning a Bowl: Tools

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Tools for wood turning a bowl include a bowl gouge. Start wood turning with the correct equipment with tips from a wood turning expert in this free video on wood crafts.

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To get going we are going to talk about the tools I will be using and I want you to take a little closer look at them while we have the camera stopped and all the action stopped right here. Our first tool is a bowl gouge. Now the bowl gouge does most of the work and it's got a long handle and it gets its name, a lot of times it is called the deep fluted bowl gouge because of the flute of the tool as you can see is very deep and very long. It is quite a thick tool because it does a lot of work and it has to reach over the tool rest. We'll be using this to scoop the inside of the bowl here as well as doing most of the work out here. This tool will do 90% of the work. We are going to go on to our skew. Our skew is typically a bevel, not a bevel but a spindle tool. But our skew we are going to use it here for a couple of things. One is we are going to use it right here to scrape that and this area right here is where we are going to chuck. We are going to put our chuck on here and grab the bowl once we have turned the outside. So we are going to use the skew for that. We will also be using our 3/8 spindle gouge. Now the 3/8 spindle gouge, about the only place we are going to be using it is when we clean this foot up we need to have a smaller tool and we'll use the 3/8 spindle gouge at that time. Now take one close look at this again and see how this flute here is a lot shallower it s not quite as deep on that and that is what makes our spindle gouge. The last tool we will be using in our sequence will be our big bowl scraper. Now the bowl scraper does most of its work just as some finishing cuts right down in the bottom to clean it up. It's a real nice tool to clean up there. We will also use it maybe just a little bit on the outside of the bowl and do a little sheer scraping with it on the outside to clean it up too. Those are the tools we are going to be using in our bowl.


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