Turning Archive 2006

Help - Lead shot in gouge handle

Gordon Seto
>It seems lead shots in gouge handle like the Glaser reduces gouge vibration. The center of gravity of a regular wooden handle Sorby bowl gouge is about 1/3 from the edge. Bowl gouges with Oneway or Kelton steel handles are about mid-point. The center of gravity of a Glaser gouge is about 2/3 from the tip. The lead shots move the weight to the back of the gouge without adding massive weight in the whole handle. I believe this back end weight helps the leverage to counter the downward force in the cutting action.

I want to add some lead shots to my gouges. I am not familiar with loading shotguns, and there are various material and numbers. What type and number should I use? How much weight should be added?

Thanks in advance.


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