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Bill Splaine
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Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges
May 25th, 2017 at 6:08pm
 
For a new turner, how are the Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges.  I'm not looking for top of the line as my skills are new.. only one bowl under my belt using someone else's tools.  These sets look inexpensive and seem to be made of HSS.

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Re: Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges
Reply #1 - May 25th, 2017 at 6:19pm
 
IMO These are good value for the money.
They are good enough to learn to turn and more importantly inexpensive enough to learn to sharpen.
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Re: Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges
Reply #2 - May 25th, 2017 at 8:37pm
 
Bill Splaine wrote on May 25th, 2017 at 6:08pm:
Benjamin's Best

My first set of tools was an 8 piece set of Benjamin's Best.  I still use some today.  They are not top of the line but a good starting set for the money.
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Re: Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges
Reply #3 - May 25th, 2017 at 8:52pm
 
They beat the Harbor Freight tool hands down. 

They are M2 steel with reasonable heat treat.  Good stock for experimenting with different grinds.

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Re: Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges
Reply #4 - May 26th, 2017 at 8:38am
 
I started with some tools from here.  Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register; They seem decent for the money.
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Re: Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges
Reply #5 - May 26th, 2017 at 8:55am
 
Started with them too. They are also good when you will want to adventure in reshaping your gouges and trying different grinds. The only problem is they need to be resharpened more often.
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Re: Benjamin's Best Bowl Gouges
Reply #6 - May 27th, 2017 at 1:46pm
 
I have the set of 3.    They don't cost much so you can sharpen as often as you wish. With these you can start turning while you save up money to buy better ones.  I still use Benjamin's Best sometimes if i'm just hogging out wood. I made a jig to sharpen the 5/8.  Bought a piece of 5/8 square steel stock from Home depot   and used the plans from one of xxxx you tubes.  The good 5/8 gouges like the 5/8 Ellsworth was wider and wouldn't fit my homemade jig.  So i bought the Ellsworth jig.  Now i can sharpen both.       Cheesy
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