If you are a beginner, the following links from our beginner site, Common Woodworking, may be useful to you:
- The Gouge Guide – This is a general guide which covers what the tool is and the names of the parts
- Buying a Gouge – This guide recommends what to look for when buying a plane and the best place to buy from
- Using a Gouge – This guide shows you how to use your plane
- Setting Up and Sharpening a Gouge – This guide will show you the basics of setting up your plane for use and how to maintain and sharpen it
Which gouge do you recommend to start with?
Why do you prefer a gouge?
At what angle do you sharpen your gouge?
All gouges are sharpened differently and sharpened to the task. That being said, spoon gouges and such are usually sharpened at 30 degrees with the heel of the bevel tapered to a much shallower angle. The edge is usually cambered rather than a straight bevel, as is the case with almost all carving gouges.