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Roughing Gouge from a chisel+ another Angle Plate

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-09-2017 05:24 PM 1720 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend Bob Dodde gave me this old George Parr HSS chisel and asked if I had a use for it. I immediately saw a roughing gouge in that tool….all it needed was a longer handle. I just looked up Geo Parr tools and it looks like this was made from 1877 or earlier ( http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=619 ) I probably just ruined the value of it but I like to have tools that I’ll use. All I did was clean it up and make a handle from maple and walnut. The handle is finished with Danish oil and 3 step buffed and waxed.

The other item is an angle plate for the drill press in our Arizona shop ( one thing off my list). It is made from maple plywood and screwed and glued together. It is used for holding all kinds of shapes truly vertical when drilling them. It even holds round stock in the corner. I have one in my shop and could have used it a few times last winter. Next year we will have our own in the Az. shop.

Cheers, Jim

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





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#1 posted 04-09-2017 06:29 PM

very nice

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lew

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#2 posted 04-09-2017 08:48 PM

Nice Handle, Jim!

Did you heat/burn the gouge into the new one?

I like that little jig, too.

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

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#3 posted 04-09-2017 09:15 PM

Good stuff, Jim. What an awesome story, too

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#4 posted 04-09-2017 09:25 PM

Great transformation Jim, I’m sure the guys down South will appreciate the new jig
cheers mate
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 04-09-2017 10:30 PM

Better to modify & use it Jim rather than put it on a shelf & look at it.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 04-10-2017 12:14 AM

Great story and now you have a great tool! Well done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 04-10-2017 12:51 AM

Very Nice Jim.
I love those old tools. They make you wonder what the first owner did with it.

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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#8 posted 04-10-2017 02:55 AM

Nice work on the gouge Jim. I’m with you, an old tool is no value to me unless I can use it. Looks like a good size one.
The angle plate will be valuable on those needed jobs.

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

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#9 posted 04-10-2017 04:39 AM

Hey Jim, I did the same thing about 5 years ago. I doubt mine is as old as yours, but it’s older than me. Nice looking handle.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#10 posted 04-10-2017 05:19 AM

You gave that chisel a new life, Jim. Well done, Sir. I wouldn’t be able to find the angle plate, come December, to take it to AZ. Glad you are more organized!

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 04-10-2017 05:55 AM

Jim, That was a Bonus to come across and old Chisel such as that one. I had a look at the link you provided and it was fascinating to look at those old ads.
Jim, what kind of work would that chisel have been used for when it was first purchased? It certainly is ideal to become a Roughing Gouge, the shape is already there. I am betting it is quality steel also. Did it sharpen well?

Good work on the handle too. Very nicely finished.

Forgot to ask. What degree angle was on the tip when you first saw the chisel, and did you alter the degree angle much?
Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#12 posted 04-10-2017 05:57 AM

Jim, That was Bonus to come across and old Chisel such as that one. I had a look at the link you provided and it was fascinating to look at those old ads.
Jim, what kind of work would that chisel have been used for when it was first purchased? It certainly is ideal to become a Roughing Gouge, the shape is already there. I am betting it is quality steel also. Did it sharpen well?

Good work on the handle too. Very nicely finished.

Forgot to ask. What degree angle was on the tip when you first saw the chisel, and did you alter the degree angle much?
Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Cliff

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#13 posted 04-10-2017 05:58 AM

Sorry Jim. Don’t know how I posted twice?????

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#14 posted 04-10-2017 09:57 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I tried it out and it works very well!

Hi Lew I used the gouge almost just as it was. I did sharpen the tip but no where near as slim as it was.

Hi Candy. I have a purple tote that goes back and forth. Is is already being filled with shop needs for next winter. The angle plate is in there!! I almost have the wall full of jigs down there!!

Hi Cliff. I don’t have a hardness tester but it says high speed steel on it and it grinds like good steel. Better than a lot of newer gouges. The original angle was about 10 degrees for use as a chisel. I put and angle on about 60-70 degrees. It really hogs off the wood and leave a smooth finish! I’m finding I need a lot bigger lathe tool rack as I make more tools!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 04-10-2017 12:53 PM

Thanks Jim…That is very interesting, goes to show there are many different ways to consider chisels if thinking outside the box with special purpose tools, I will certainly be keeping my eyes wide open for anything unusual.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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