new handle for an old gouge

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Project by essexry posted 04-08-2013 09:18 PM 1116 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I found this old walker turner lathe on craigslist not too far away. I wasn’t really lathe shopping but this old girl popped up so cheap I couldnt resist, and its the one tool my shop was missing (so I tell the wife). so while waiting for my new supernova 2 chuck and bowl gouges to make their way through shipping I thought I’d try out the old disston spindle gouges that came with the lathe and make some handles for a couple gouges that didn’t have. This ones my favorite, and the old j a s swan co gouge looked like it deserved a nice walnut handle. Handle length is 12 in, overall 19 in. Finish is tung oil.

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 10:10 PM

I’m curious, how cheap is cheap? Is it 110v?

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 10:22 PM

Be prepared to sharpen those older chisels more often as they are probably softer steel than current HSS offerings. Nothing wrong with that, just be prepared. I have some older carbon steel chisels and they do a great job, but I do keep a hone handy.

-- - Terry

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 11:11 PM

Nice handle, nothing like having them fit your own hand, not store made that might fit correctly.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 11:15 PM

I paid $125 for the lathe, 10 chisels/gouges/skews, 2 spur centers, a dead center, drill chuck, 3 tool rests various drill bits and 2 metal working lathe tools. It is 110 powered 3/4 HP. every bit of the lathe, minus the wood shelf, is cast iron. I had to buy it before someone else snatched it up at that price. I am aware that the chisels are all carbon steel. Anything I buy for it will be HSS or carbide cutter head tools.

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