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Big Gouge, Ash and Farrier's Rasp

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Project by BTKS posted 08-26-2012 10:57 PM 1343 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

YES it’s wood. The handle is turned from Ash. The ferrule is 3/4in copper pipe. The gouge is a hoof rasp usually used by Farriers. The handle was turned for a friction fit onto the handle. If I would have taken more time, the pipe would have been heated and allowed to shrink onto the handle.
The gouge is a Farriers rasp and measured roughly 2in across when it was flat. It is now a 1 1/2 in gouge. The short handle and inward bevel make it for carving. I may make another one with a longer handle and outward bevel for the lathe. I left the markings of the file grooves and rasp teeth on the surface. The back of the bevel is filed smooth and will be mirror finished.
This project is a trade item for our blacksmith association meeting.
I still have to harden and temper but that will be one quick step.
Thanks for looking, improvement advice and comments are welcome.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)





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Don W

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 11:01 PM

I’m not sure I’ve seen a concaved farriers rasp like that. That should work well.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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BTKS

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#2 posted 08-26-2012 11:18 PM

It wasn’t concave when I started. Heat and impact have a wonderful result! It was a fun little project.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 08-26-2012 11:20 PM

now it makes more sense. I’d be interested to know how you bent it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#4 posted 08-26-2012 11:31 PM

I cheated. I used what is normally a top shaping tool and put it in a vice. It was the finished radius of the gouge. I used another top tool, or shaping tool. It was about the same radius only convex and is made to be hit with a hammer. The two tools shape the red hot metal in between. You need a striker or a really good holder to use this technique. The bevel was hand filed with the steel still hot. The file seems to cut better when the steel is hot.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 08-26-2012 11:36 PM

BTKS,
Thanks for the comment. I really like a 14” handle on turning tools. I think it will give me much better control, but since I just started I have a lot to learn.

Like your gouge. Now I know what to do with my old hoof rasps.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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BTKS

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#6 posted 08-26-2012 11:44 PM

Stormy,
I finally got something out of having horses. It may be worn out shoes and rasps but it’s what I can use. Not to mention the smiles on my wife’s and daughters’ faces.
Thanks for looking.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 08-26-2012 11:59 PM

like it I made a big knife out of one

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#8 posted 08-27-2012 02:21 PM

Very nice looking chisel, and thank you for the explanation of the shaping process, I have messed around a
little with knife and gouge making, enough to realize that you must have a very well equipped blacksmith
shop to have these shaping tools. Thank you for sharing, and I hope meeting has some good trades for you.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 08-27-2012 02:58 PM

Nice! I love making my own tools and have always wanted to try something like that, but lacking the necessary blacksmithing setup (not to mention knowledge), it has thus eluded me.

I don’t do much carving, but your tool there could easily have been made for woodturning with an outside bevel and a longer handle. Thanks for sharing.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#10 posted 08-27-2012 03:16 PM

That’s one big ash gouge! ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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