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Derik Mittag
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Detail/spindle gouge
Aug 9th, 2018 at 5:55pm
 
Anyone recommend a detail/spindle gouge?

I'd like to get a little more intricate with making bottle stoppers and it would be pretty good for rings
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Re: Detail/spindle gouge
Reply #1 - Aug 9th, 2018 at 6:04pm
 
I have used a Thompson spindle gouge for a year or so and am very happy.  The company makes four in the spindle gouge family, I think the following lists them from deepest to shallowest flute
     deep spindle gouge
     spindle gouge
     detail gouge
     shallow detail gouge

The web site lists which ones are available with which bar diameters.
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Re: Detail/spindle gouge
Reply #2 - Aug 10th, 2018 at 6:17am
 
I use a Thompson 'detail spindle gouge' for my most intricate of work...I have both the 3/8 and 1/4 versions though I find the 3/8 the most used of the two.
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Re: Detail/spindle gouge
Reply #3 - Aug 10th, 2018 at 7:04am
 
Don, what are the advantages of the different flutes?

Thanks John, I'll probably lean with 3/8" too
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Re: Detail/spindle gouge
Reply #4 - Aug 10th, 2018 at 8:51am
 
Spindle gouges and detail gouges can get confusing.
Not every manufacturer calls them by the same name. Ones spindle gouge is another s deep detail gouge.

The main difference is the flute depth, see chart.
I also use a Thompson 3/8 for the majority of my light spindle work. I use the standard detail gouge but this all depends on your turning style and what you plan on turning.
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Re: Detail/spindle gouge
Reply #5 - Aug 10th, 2018 at 11:12am
 
D-Way also makes very good tools.  Check it out.  Little difference between D-Way and Thompson
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Re: Detail/spindle gouge
Reply #6 - Aug 10th, 2018 at 3:43pm
 
They say there are differences between spindle detail gouges, and bowl detail gouges, but to me they are pretty much identical. They tend to be more pointy, like 30 to 40 max bevel angles, which allows you to get to the bottom of tight beads. I don't think I have a D Way one, but have some Thompson. I did take a Thompson fluteless gouge and ground it to a 30 degree bevel and ground the wings back about double the width of the tool. 1/4 inch one I think. Stuart Batty and Cindy Drozda have a 'Vortex' tool which has a similar grind. I do find it easier to turn beads with a gouge rather than with a skew...

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Re: Detail/spindle gouge
Reply #7 - Aug 10th, 2018 at 5:46pm
 
Awesome, thanks
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Reply #8 - Aug 13th, 2018 at 9:45am
 
I have a Henry Taylor spindle gouge but what really made a difference was seeing Cindy Drozda’s video on how she sharpens her detail gouge. I sharpened mine in this fashion and find it works really well. Have a look.

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Re: Detail/spindle gouge
Reply #9 - Aug 13th, 2018 at 6:28pm
 
The only member of the spindle gouge family I have is the basic spindle gouge.  Looking at the chart Ed posted, if you envision a similar bevel angle and cutting edge shape on the spindle gouge, detail gouge, and shallow detail gouge, the overall side-to-side width of the cutting edge will get progressively narrower from spindle to detail to shallow detail and the width of the nose similar.  This might allow a deeper V cut and narrower cove (for the same bar diameter).
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