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 Inside Gouging - Bell

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Age : 67
Registration date : 2009-04-21

PostSubject: Inside Gouging - Bell   Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:27 pm

I turned my little bell yesterday and finished turning the outside. It was beautiful.
When I tried to turn the inside, I got all "catched up" with my only bowl gouge.
What have I done wrong, again?
Richard, the Beginner
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Registration date : 2008-11-20

PostSubject: Re: Inside Gouging - Bell   Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:55 pm

First we need to know, does your gouge profile look like this

Or like this

It could be a couple of things, if you have a profile on it like the first picture, you will be fighting with the tips of the wings getting in the wrong place at the wrong time. If it is like the bottom picture it could be either the angles ground on it, or just your tool presentation. I would really like to get together some time to go over some of the basics and also the sharpening of the tools.

A couple videos for you to look at. They are using a spindle gouge for the hollowing in these.

Life's short, turn fast!

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PostSubject: Re: Inside Gouging - Bell   Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:31 pm

Like the person in the video, I also use a spindle gouge for end grain hollowing in small boxes, goblets etc. It took some practice to get the technique down, but once you get it, it's a very easy and satisfying method for hollowing. I even use it for initial hollowing inside hollow forms, where most of the hollowing is done blind.

You may be able to clean up the bell with a scraper. My scraper of choice for this would be the Sorby tear drop on one of their multi-tools. Assuming that the opening is large enough to accommodate. Proper use of a round nose scraper would be another route. I would practice on some scrap wood first.

I would take Dave up on the generous offer to work with you one on one. Working with a more experienced turner can really speed up the learning process.
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