3 Dangerous Tools – Woodturning Bowls Video

3 Dangerous Tools – Woodturning Bowls Video

3 Woodturning Dangerous Tools – Wood Bowls

There are three main woodturning tools that can get a wood bowl turner in trouble.

Many times people start at the lathe making spindle turnings, using spindle turning tools. Not all woodturning tools used for spindle turning work well for side-grain bowl turning.

In this video, I will share with you three tools that can potentially become very dangerous when turning wooden bowls. Also, I will explain why these tools do not work with side-grain bowl blanks.

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Recommended Equipment Guide


In this video, I use or discuss how to make a jam chuck. Here is the link to the tools used:

• Robust Tailstock Live Center – https://amzn.to/32BOnVR

• Hurricane Roughing Gouge Set – https://amzn.to/3abMORb

• 1/2″ Bowl Gouge – https://amzn.to/2TiO6D2

• 1/2″ Spindle (Detail) Gouge – https://amzn.to/2wNT96Q


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  1. Joey Sawdust on May 23, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Joe N. Binghamton, NY Turning Course.

  2. Tom Gates on May 23, 2023 at 11:32 am

    I didn’t know this , I will stop using the bull gouge for bowls. I am a novice in turning, although I am a master blacksmith/welder I see a lot of similarities. Thank you

  3. Viviana Bances on May 23, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Hello,thank you so much for your video I find it very important, my husband and I are about to buy one lathe, and it was really a valuable information, very professional and amazing video.

  4. Greg Peirce on May 23, 2023 at 11:33 am

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I am guilty! I wish I had been better informed when I got my kit. I have luckily got away with it but scared myself whitless with the roughing gouge – why was I not told it is for spindle work only. I have also been scraping with the parting tool!!!
    Your videos have been a real eye opener for me so thank you very much, I feel like turning again, this time with a better technique on the bowl gouge, the other gouges can stay the hell away!

  5. Motte on May 23, 2023 at 11:33 am

    So, now i know why toilettpaper was getting rare in Germany, last year! 😀
    And just like the other Komments, thank You for that usefull Video.
    But, can you recommend some brands, that are not expensive? I want to spend at least 150 Euros.
    And thank you for all, dear Kent..

  6. john on May 23, 2023 at 11:35 am

    When I first taught myself how to turn bowls I had no clue what I was doing and no directions. Had an old Craftsman lathe and what I now know are spindle turning tools LOL. I snapped every tool you just mentioned plus the tool rest before I asked the guys at Woodcraft what I should be using. That started my collection of sorby Bowl gouges.

  7. David Friedman on May 23, 2023 at 11:35 am

    Thank you! Good instruction especially for new turners like myself. I have seen some turners using a hook or termite tool on end grain, I struggle with end grain turning. Any thoughts on purchasing these tools? Again appreciate the teaching. Merry Christmas.

  8. tschmath on May 23, 2023 at 11:36 am

    Are there the same issues with carbide tools?

  9. A6 on May 23, 2023 at 11:37 am

    My spindle roughing gouge actually does great on punky wood

  10. John De Little on May 23, 2023 at 11:38 am

    I am just loving your videos. They are clear, simple and very informative. Well done Kent.

  11. Hasan Alsaffar on May 23, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Very important useful safety advice, much appreciated 🙏🏼

  12. The Desert Fam on May 23, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Great video! Im a new turner an I learned a lot . The grain part was really informative for me , the toilet paper example made perfect sense. And of course what tools not to use . Thank you again for your time making this video.

  13. Arnaud Le Coq on May 23, 2023 at 11:40 am

    Thank you ! 🙏

  14. Wyatt Foster on May 23, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Thank you for everything you say and do in these videos. I learn a lot from them and you

  15. Lester Andreas on May 23, 2023 at 11:45 am

    What is the difference between your detail spindle chisel and you bowl gouge. They appeared to look the same.

  16. J. W. on May 23, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Hi Kent, I’ve been building early America furniture for 40 years, but I don’t really know much about turning. Having just purchased a nice lathe (finally) I’m looking forward to enjoying the art of turning in my retirement years. Thank you for your wonderful, informative videos! I really learn so much from them. It’s one thing to watch someone turn things, but having someone explain things in detail is far more helpful to the novice turner. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It helps keep us rookies safe! Jon from Massachusetts.

  17. David Cindy Rosowski on May 23, 2023 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for the clarification of the tools. I just found your channel and I’m glad I did

  18. Tale Gunner on May 23, 2023 at 11:47 am

    I have learned so much in one of your videos. Thank you!

  19. Ctrot on May 23, 2023 at 11:47 am

    This is probably your most important video and it should be promoted as such.

    I was just in the process of looking for bowl turning tools as a complete novice and had I not seen this video I would have ended up with spindle gouges rather than bowl gouges. Thanks.

  20. amrit singh on May 23, 2023 at 11:48 am

    Hey awesome man
    That helps
    I’m biggiener can you advise any basic tools n where to buy from thanks

  21. john klover on May 23, 2023 at 11:48 am

    I use my parting tool on my bowls to cut and clean up the tenon . Typically with relief to one side .
    And also to cut a groove around the outside for inlay material.
    I’ve never concerned that it was used in a scraping capacity.
    I am careful to have a light touch and also not to get too far from the tool rest.
    Thoughts on the bedan or a carbide square tip to cut tenons.

  22. Jon B on May 23, 2023 at 11:49 am

    This is a great video that I wish I saw a few days ago. I am new to turning and have been using strictly spindle tools (because I didn’t know there was a difference). I actually had one of my gouges snap at the exact spot you mentioned, right above the handle. Not a fun time. Great video.

  23. JOHN Smith on May 23, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Great video. Thank you for the thorough explanation on proper use of each tool. That is so very helpfull.

  24. Unique Girls on May 23, 2023 at 11:51 am

    At approx 1m 32s you say… So that’s a very good reason for avoiding end grain turn bowls 🤔 was that supposed to be (avoiding long grain turned bowls) essentially turning a spindle into a bowl. Because I thought many turner’s make end grain blanks into bowls… Please clarify. Thank you

  25. Derek Carter on May 23, 2023 at 11:54 am

    Hello from Ireland, Kent!
    I’ve been turning a while and been really happy with spindle work, making vases and other items to a decent skill level. I’ve managed to do a couple of bowls but always struggled with understanding grain orientation and just kind of muddled through to get decent results.
    I’ve watched lots of your videos and, even though I’d seen you talk about grain and tool selection and even your toilet roll comparison, it just didn’t click until this video. I sharpened my bowl gouge – LEFT MY ROUGHING GOUGE ASIDE – went out with a new understanding and turned out the deepest and best bowl I’ve managed yet.
    Thanks so much!

  26. Randall Marsh on May 23, 2023 at 11:55 am

    Anyone who thinks that using a lathe would be fun and want to be a turner, pay very close attention to all of these turners on YouTube! Almost all of them have lots of scars, broken fingernails, mangled fingers and lots of bruises on their hands and arms! It’s a very, very dangerous hobby!

  27. Reefguy2 on May 23, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Kevin F
    Rochester, Massachusetts
    Tool Sharpening course

  28. Bob H on May 23, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Very well explained and very useful information.

  29. Hawsrule Begin on May 23, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Subscribed because your videos are vital for us beginners. Appreciate the work and the wisdom.

  30. Marcus Ranum on May 23, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    Great explanation!

  31. Unique Girls on May 23, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Do not use parting tools on side grain wood bowls, when your showing using it on the end grain on the laithe. Why would a person make a side grain wood bowl as you said earlier about the pyth, and the bottom being porous etc

  32. Mike Holland on May 23, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Absolutely the best safety video on wood turning I have seen. Thank you!

  33. MrClarkio on May 23, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Once again a great explanation and analogy, thank you. Never use end grain toilet paper, right?

  34. Valter on May 23, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you!
    Gone through all kind of dangerous situations and made my experience on a lot of mistakes
    Why did I not see this video before… 😩

  35. John McAllister on May 23, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks for your videos. I wish I had seen this before snapping one, and bending some of my spindle tools.

  36. Humberto Araica on May 23, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you verry much,

  37. woodbutcherjc on May 23, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    I’m knew to wood turning so I’m for sure going to listen to you. I have a roughing gouge from Carter & Sons. It looks pretty stout at the tang. Have you seen it and what do you think?

  38. Ano Nony on May 23, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    I wondered why I had so much trouble using the parting tool on my bowls… I thought it was sharpening at first and then I changed to a softer wood and it was still hard. Thank you

  39. James Couture on May 23, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    Ok. No more roughing gouge for me! Thank you.

  40. Szabolcs Bíró on May 23, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    This video is essential, if your safety is important for You. Great advices and hints. Thank You!

  41. Noah Christakis on May 23, 2023 at 12:11 pm

    Very informative video, thanks Kent! I have 2 questions: can any of those tools be used for end-grain bowl turnings? And, are swan-necked bowl hollowing tools effective or useful?

  42. Paul Harris on May 23, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    Luckily when my roughing gouge failed on a bowl it just snapped it in half, but the noise as the tip got flung into the back wall of my garage made me very glad I wasn’t between it and something solid… I guess my point is ‘can confirm’ spindle gouge on bowl = bad…

  43. Wally West on May 23, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    Huh…that’s why it’s been so difficult to turn bowls. 😅 I’ve been using every one of those no-no tools. 😖

  44. John William on May 23, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    very useful info very clear easy to understand even for someone that knows nothing about this

  45. Stephen Lennox on May 23, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Do you have these classes on a dvd?

  46. Brentley Gore on May 23, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    I’m so stoked about finally getting the correct Bowl gouges … 1/4 3/8 and 5/8s

  47. Michael Banks on May 23, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    The Bowl Gouge is the go to tool… GOt it 🙂

  48. Kevin Ellis on May 23, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    love your videos sir, very informative. been turning for about 2 or 3 years now but just getting into turning small bowls now. only have 2 bowl gouges right now, saving up for scrapers. your videos are super helpful, so far I’ve turned 3 funnels and about 4 successful bowls. always learn something from your videos! thanks for all you do

  49. Dave The Drummer on May 23, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Novice turner here and at the relevant point in this vid I paused and looked for vids showing the issue and I just watched a video that has scared the living p*ss out of me. I hadn’t tried but there’s no way I’ll ever try to do anything on a bowl with a spindle roughing gouge. Thank you for the lesson.

  50. Wouter Smith on May 23, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    Nice😀🛩️👍. Where can a get your plan detail?

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