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I have some pieces of maple that I've roughed down to between 4" and 5" in diameter. I want to turn legs for a bed. I've never turned any spindles this thick before and my 1/2" spindle gouge and 1" skew chisel seem very small compared to the size of the wood... My 1 1/4" roughing gouge seems more the right size. Should I be using bigger tools for the thick spindle, or should I be able to do it with the 1/2" spindle gouge and 1" skew?
Also, I removed the bark with the roughing gouge - worked fine, but I'm wondering if that was the "right" way to get the bark off or if there would have been a better way.
Thanks for any advice.