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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 01-14-2020 03:49 AM 462 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just received a set of bowl gouges from Doug Thompson and did not realize they came without handles ($50 each additional), so I made 3 of them out of Pecan wood. They are 13” long and finished with Danish Oil and satin polyurethane.

I was doing some research on some HSS gouges that are better than the M2 HSS ones that I have been using in the Benjamin’s Best gouges. I was looking to get M42 gouges and then I looked at the AAW site and almost everyone recommended Thompson gouges because they are made with steel that has 10% vanadium which is a lot more wear resistant than M2 or M42. I’ll try them out and do a review at a later date.

Cheers, Jim

Here is the chart from Thompson on the cutting angles of the various tools.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Rosepedal27

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#1 posted 01-14-2020 05:16 AM

Oh my gosh, they turned out amazing!

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#2 posted 01-14-2020 05:22 AM

Very nice!!

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

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 01-14-2020 06:00 AM

Those turned out nice. I love turning pecan.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 01-14-2020 06:18 AM

I’d say $50 per a wooden handle is a TAD overpriced!
... good for you BEATING them with your own solution! :) :)

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!

You did it!

Hey, why don’t you advertise same type of handles for ONLY $45… and make a KILLING!

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#5 posted 01-14-2020 08:13 AM

Geez Jim, those handles look just like the ones on my first set, that I still use.
Look really good.

Cheers

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 01-14-2020 10:12 AM

Nicely done

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Ivan

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#7 posted 01-14-2020 10:59 AM

Those look better than those I bought in Bauhaus.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 01-14-2020 02:07 PM

Nicely done Jim. I’ll be curious how you like the steel in the Thompson gouges. I’d like to upgrade my M2 gouges at some point as well.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 01-14-2020 02:32 PM

I’d say $50 per a wooden handle is a TAD overpriced!

I would agree if Doug’s handles were wood … actually, they are aluminum with flats (won’t roll when you set them down), and set screws (one handle can be used with different tools). They are also weighted with lead shot, and he will even engrave your name on them!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 01-14-2020 03:05 PM

Very good job on those Jim. If you didn’t show us I too would of though they came wit them. I’ll be waiting to hear what you think of the quality. I made a bedan out of the M42 and saw little quality change to me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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lew

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#11 posted 01-14-2020 03:21 PM

Nice handles.

Looking forward to your review of the bowl gouges.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 01-14-2020 04:02 PM

They look great just wondering where you got the brass farrell’s for the ends? Much nicer than the purshased ones and much more satisfying.

-- Al Breit "A day without sawdust is like a day without sunshine"

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 01-14-2020 06:10 PM


They look great just wondering where you got the brass farrell s for the ends? Much nicer than the purshased ones and much more satisfying.

- Al Breit


I think they look great as well but more interesting to me is — where does one get pecan lumber ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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HokieKen

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#14 posted 01-14-2020 06:27 PM



...
I think they look great as well but more interesting to me is — where does one get pecan lumber ?

- recycle1943

From a Pecan tree.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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splintergroup

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#15 posted 01-14-2020 06:40 PM

I couldn’t imagine a vendor trying to “sell” tool handles to someone who obviously is skilled with a lathe. Kind of like offering a Budweiser 2 for 1 deal to home brewers….

Looking good Jim, I’m sure you could add the weighting and flats if you were so inclined.

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