Turning Archive 2006

Problem Solving with the Bowl Gouge..

Wally Dickerman in Arizona
>It seems that many turners have a problem with tear-out and rough surfaces when hollowing a bowl. Mostly in the transition area between the sides and bottom. There is a cut that many turners aren't aware of that solves the problem.

This method is especially helpful when hollowing in a fairly deep bowl. It's used where the rim gets in the way when trying to approach and cut across the bottom while rubbing the bevel. My solution: While you're cutting down the side, swinging the handle toward you, when you reach that transition area, roll the tool slightly so that the flute is facing up a bit more, with the bevel still on the wood, drop the handle and push the handle away from you. Cut in a rainbow arc to the center of the bowl. You'll ride the bevel all the way to the center in a very smooth, controlled cut. You'll be cutting near the nose of the tool. When, and how much you roll the tool depends on the grind you have on your gouge.

This is a very easy cut to master and use. Just takes a little experimenting and practice. The only danger here is, with the flute up, if you let the bevel get away from the wood a dig-in is possible. I can't remember ever doing that however.


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