I used a round nose scraper for most of the bowl because i could handle it. A bowl gouge whose bevel is swept back and which turns in at the top of the flute is very stable.
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If you look at a modern bowl gouge that is correctly sharpened there are no corners to create catches.
Bowl gouge keeps catching. Made of m42 high speed steel the tool has a razor edge for clean cuts. Those corners are the part of the tool which will easily cause a catch on a bowl particularly while doing the inside of a bowl. The swooped fingernail grind prevents catching and ensures smooth cuts.
The flutes are a parabolic u shaped with tapered sides not a deep v. You have your gouge at roughly a 90 degree angle to the bowl. Roughing cut on a spindle.
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When i first turned stuff i had the flute of the gouge completely centered like a u. The only place i could use the gouge without catches was in hollowing out the bowl. Moving the roughing gouge.
Any place i attempted to use the gouge that involved the bottom or sides i caught that silly gouge. U shaped gouges are great for either finger nail or bottom feeder grinds. Your first picture says it all.
A bowl gouge is a single tool with many functions making it incredibly diverse and capable of crafting bowls from start to finish. The bowl is probably 15 smaller than intended due to having to turn out catch errors. Its practically impossible to get a catch on a spindle but with a bowl you have to be a bit more careful.
As i got used to using the gouge i rolled it over on its side to present a different angle to the turning. A bowl gouge catch is usually a combination of things that occur and grow until the bowl gouge grabs binds or rips wood fibers instead of cutting them smoothly. A bowl gouge really will work better and easier than a roughing gouge for turning bowls.
Our woodtrurning bowl gouge flutes are individually inspected and hand polished to remove all machine marks. I realize that the bevel is facing where you want the cut to go but when you start cutting the gouge wants to catch and run towards the outside. Im not exactly sure how one would ever do the inside of a bowl with a spindle roughing gouge without catching.
It has to do with the angle the cutting edge makes to the approaching wood. This extra step assures the sharpest cutting edge possible. Ok thats a decent description of a bowl gouge catch but lets break this down even further.
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