Spindle roughing gouges

Now don't let's get the wrong idea here: roughing gouges are definitely not for producing rough work. Indeed, properly used they are extremely useful finishing tools as well.  The primary use of the spindle roughing gouge is for reducing square cross-section spindle-turning blanks to cylinders ready for detailing with the spindle gouge or planing with a skew chisel. 

NB: Do not under any circumstances try to use a roughing gouge in bowl turning...at any stage.  

When looking at the grind on a spindle roughing gouge, you will see that the 'wings' of the tool are NOT ground back: the tool is ground straight across by rolling it side to side on the grinding rest without swinging it side to side at all. This is very important to its effective use. With a spindle roughing gouge correctly ground in this form, you will find that not only can it serve to remove large amounts of timber quickly, but it can also be used to plane the surface of the spindle blank to a high finish and can be used for the shaping of components with relatively gentle curves, such as the centre section of a stair baluster.

As to size, my advice would be, unless you're doing a lot of very small work, go for the largest size available.  And OK, if really pressed to buy just one, I reckon it would be the 1-1/2" Taylor HS4, and I use this for everything from pen blanks and lace bobbins to newel posts - that's a versatile tool in my book!

Hamlet 1/2in. Roughing Gouge , 10in. Ash handle

Brand:
Hamlet Craft Tools
Part Number:
HCT063
£41.40 inc VAT£34.50 excl VAT

Crown Hand Tools 1/2 inch Roughing Out Gouge

Brand:
Crown Hand Tools
Part Number:
229
£41.50 inc VAT£34.58 excl VAT

Hamlet 1/2in. CompacTool Roughing Gouge, short handle

Brand:
Hamlet Craft Tools
Part Number:
HCT063CMP
£28.04 inc VAT£23.37 excl VAT

Reg Sherwin 1/2 inch Spindle Roughing Gouge

Brand:
Ashley Iles
Part Number:
H54
£26.64 inc VAT£22.20 excl VAT

Reg Sherwin 3/8 in. Spindle Roughing Gouge

Brand:
Ashley Iles
Part Number:
H54A
£18.36 inc VAT£15.30 excl VAT

7/8" Spindle Roughing Gouge in M42 steel, with 16" Aluminium Handle

Brand:
Carter & Son Toolworks
Part Number:
RG78-16
£172.33 inc VAT£143.61 excl VAT RRP: £176.75, you save £4.42

Hamlet 3/4in. Roughing Gouge, 10in. Ash handle

Brand:
Hamlet Craft Tools
Part Number:
HCT064
£41.40 inc VAT£34.50 excl VAT

Crown Hand Tools Roughing Gouge, 3/4in.

Brand:
Crown Hand Tools
Part Number:
230
£46.20 inc VAT£38.50 excl VAT

Sorby Roughing Gouge 3/4 inch (19mm)

Brand:
Robert Sorby
Part Number:
843H34
£52.06 inc VAT£43.38 excl VAT

Henry Taylor 3/4in. Roughing Gouge - forged

Brand:
Henry Taylor Tools
Part Number:
HS3
£63.98 inc VAT£53.32 excl VAT

Henry Taylor 3/4in. Roughing Gouge - forged Unhandled

Brand:
Henry Taylor Tools
Part Number:
HS3UH
£59.92 inc VAT£49.93 excl VAT

Hamlet 1.1/4in. Roughing Gouge, 14in. Ash handle

Brand:
Hamlet Craft Tools
Part Number:
HCT065
£51.54 inc VAT£42.95 excl VAT

Sorby Roughing Gouge 1.1/4 inch (32mm)

Brand:
Robert Sorby
Part Number:
843LH114
£75.86 inc VAT£63.22 excl VAT

Crown Hand Tools Roughing Gouge, 1.1/4in.

Brand:
Crown Hand Tools
Part Number:
231
£54.40 inc VAT£45.33 excl VAT

Henry Taylor 1in. Deep fluted roughing out gouge

Brand:
Henry Taylor Tools
Part Number:
HS112
£75.66 inc VAT£63.05 excl VAT

Hamlet 1.3/4in. Roughing Gouge, 16in. Ash handle

Brand:
Hamlet Craft Tools
Part Number:
HCT066
£86.71 inc VAT£72.26 excl VAT

Henry Taylor 1.1/2in. Roughing Gouge - forged

Brand:
Henry Taylor Tools
Part Number:
HS4
£112.84 inc VAT£94.03 excl VAT

Crown Hand Tools Roughing Gouge, 1.3/4in.

Brand:
Crown Hand Tools
Part Number:
231X
£105.60 inc VAT£88.00 excl VAT

Hamlet HCT066 1.3/4in. Roughing gouge, for MH system handle

Brand:
Hamlet Craft Tools
Part Number:
HCT066MH
£82.46 inc VAT£68.72 excl VAT

Sorby Roughing Gouge - UNHANDLED 1.1/4 inch (32mm)

Brand:
Robert Sorby
Part Number:
843-114
£63.35 inc VAT£52.79 excl VAT

Sorby Roughing Gouge - UNHANDLED 3/4 inch (19mm)

Brand:
Robert Sorby
Part Number:
843-34
£43.08 inc VAT£35.90 excl VAT
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