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Anyone here using an Arbortech ball gouge?

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by odie, Sep 7, 2020.

  1. odie


    Dec 22, 2006
    Location (City & State):
    Panning for Montana gold, with Betsy, the mule!
    What I don't get is how can this be "self sharpening".......It resembles a Hunter tool insert, only bigger.

    Any discussion of this tool is encouraged.....:D

  2. Dennis J Gooding

    Dennis J Gooding

    Apr 10, 2010
    Location (City & State):
    Grants Pass Oregon
    My guess is they are stretching the point a bit. I think that sharpening here means rotating the cup shaped cutter to a new position.
    Curtis Fuller likes this.
  3. Gerald Lawrence

    Gerald Lawrence

    Feb 6, 2010
    Location (City & State):
    Brandon, MS
    I have one and plan to use it to hollow the bowl of spoons for presents. I had not even noticed that feature. Just all Arbortec products it does have a learning curve to get that smooth surface. I have the 4 inch and the 2 inch discs also and they do live up to the hype. Can make a nice smooth cut . You do have to practice to get the result you may be planning but that is just like using a gouge.
  4. Leo Van Der Loo

    Leo Van Der Loo

    Oct 13, 2016
    Location (City & State):
    Rainy River District Ontario Canada
    I have the ball gouge, used it on some spoons I made, yes it has a learning curve and it is quite aggressive, direction of grain is more importand than with turning I found, as it can take a good chunk out of a spoons bowl if cutting in the wrong direction, ahh self sharpening ??, there is no such thing IMO ;-)).

    I did quit a bit of sanding on the spoons and ladels, just my feeling is that a spoon should be smooth :)
    Emiliano Achaval likes this.

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