Shaping Bowl Turning Tools

Everything we have covered until now has focused on sharpening tools only. Now, we need to talk about what to do when we get a new tool.

Unless you purchased a higher-end “signature” tool from a known turner, you would most likely need to shape your tool before use.

Custom shaping new tools is particularly necessary for bowl gouges and spindle gouges. Manufacturers complete the tool making process and apply a generic and quick “profile,” so the gouge looks somewhat ready to use. However, this is far from an ideal profile in most cases.

(new bowl gouge profile photo)

Instead, it is up to us to apply the bevel profile we want and need to make the most of each gouge. Decide what profile you’d like to add to the tip of your new gouge, and let’s dive in.

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