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Forum topic by PBWilson1970 posted 02-18-2020 08:47 PM 410 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2020 08:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe

I just received a 3/8” Thompson Detail Gouge from Doug and a Oneway 12” gouge handle with a 3/8” adapter from Craft Supplies USA. Unfortunately Doug Thompson’s tools come oversize and the tang that goes in a handle is turned down to a smaller 3/8” diameter. It fits the Oneway handle with the adapter, but because the thinner diameter tang is only 2” long, only one of the allen grub screws in the handle touches the gouge tang. The other one just misses the end of the gouge.

My question is this: will a single grub screw hold the handle securely? Tightening down the single screw seems to make a solid connection. There is no rattling or movement that I can see or feel.

To back up the single screw idea, I noticed that D-Way lathe tool handles often use a single Quick Change Knob to secure the gouge in the handle and I’ve seen several Youtube videos showing the single screw being used to remove the gouge for sharpening.

So, should I rely on the single grub screw and be mindful to check it each time before putting tool to wood?
Should I send back the Oneway handle and get a Thompson? This is not my favorite choice because of the shipping costs and the fact that I like the Oneway handles with their rubber coating, something that Thompson handles don’t have. I also have a Oneway bowl gouge with a longer handle and I like the idea of having the option to use a smaller handle if I choose.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might share.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 02-18-2020 09:40 PM

After doing some poking around I see that the Oneway 3/8” Thread-Lok ferrule only uses a single grub screw to secure the gouge. I guess I’ll keep it and not worry so much.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#2 posted 02-19-2020 03:11 AM

While I am a fan of Doug’s tools, I have no use for changing handles every time I change tools. I tried it and do not like it. That takes too much time and interrupts the flow. Handles are easy to make and are comfortable to use.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#3 posted 02-19-2020 01:38 PM

I’m not interested in swapping handles each time I use a tool. It’s just nice to have an option.. Specifically, my bowl gouge uses the Oneway long handle and I can see using a shorter one on smaller projects. I do like having the ability to remove the gouge from the handle for sharpening on my Wolverine. It’s so much easier to control.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#4 posted 03-01-2020 12:19 PM

I like the Jimmy Clewes quick change adapters. No tools needed. Change tools in just a few seconds. Not Cheap, but with just a few you can eliminate almost all other handles.

-- tel

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