|Project by Planeman40||posted 08-31-2016 09:42 PM||987 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
A year ago I posted 31 socket type carving gouges I made (“http://lumberjocks.com/projects/183218”), now I am posting 31 tang type carving gouges I made. The first photo is of the larger gouges, the second is of the smaller gouges. All of the handles are the same size. As the story of the hand forged carving irons was told in detail in the above link, so I’ll skip this part. The handles for the tang type gouges were made of curly maple and turned on my 1940s vintage Delta 12” wood lathe using a copier I made from ShopNotes drawings (“http://lumberjocks.com/projects/183642”). The ferrules are 3/8” copper plumbing end caps. The tang type gouges were less work than the socket type as there was no lengthy hand-fitting of the handles to the gouge irons. Finishing of the handles was first dyeing the wood with water soluble yellow TransTint wood dye to make the grain “pop”, then two coats of thin shellac before the first sanding. Then two more coats of shellac and the final sanding ending with polishing with 0000 steel wool. The final coat was Minwax gloss polyurethane. Each gouge had the cutting end carefully ground and properly shaped, then sharpened to a razor sharp edge, enough to easily shave the hair off my forearm which is my test for sharpness. It was a lot of work, but there is great satisfaction in using tools that you have made!
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