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Spindle turning advice

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Joe Ruszczyk, May 3, 2020.

  1. Joe Ruszczyk

    Joe Ruszczyk

    Jan 11, 2012
    Location (City & State):
    I am new to wood turning. Neither of my 2 cheap sets of tools have a roughing gouge! What do you suggest I use to rough out my spindles?
  2. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    Location (City & State):
    Lakeland, Florida
    Home Page:
    :). Since you’re asking the question, a spindle roughing gouge- it s a tool I start beginners on. :)

    since you don’t have one you should use a tool you are comfortable with.
    Bowl gouge, spindle gouge, skew, ....

    the important part with any tool is to cut perpendicular to the ways- cross cutting the wood.

    to see how I use a bowl gouge( 1/2” Ellsworth grind, 5/8 bar diameter). to turn a cylinder from a square fast forward to 9:55 in my napkin ring demo.

    three center turned Napkin Rings -

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys4tMzwh7jE
    Last edited: May 3, 2020
  3. Roger Wiegand

    Roger Wiegand

    Nov 27, 2018
    Location (City & State):
    Wayland, MA
    Home Page:
    I do much of my roughing with a skew; for many things it's faster than a roughing gouge. The roughing gouge is one of the most user-friendly tools however, I'd strongly consider acquiring one.
  4. John Walls

    John Walls

    Jan 20, 2020
    Location (City & State):
    Larimore, ND
    I use a 3/4" spindle gouge. Works good, maybe a little slower. I do my best to remove all the bark first with a hammer/chisel as the sand in the bark tends to dull my tools pretty quick. BUT, I don't do large pieces, yet. For those, I might pick up a roughing gouge, eventually, maybe..... LOL

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