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Forum topic by bsherman posted 01-13-2010 04:54 AM 3475 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2010 04:54 AM

A good friend gave me these saying they were some “cool old chisels”. I’m not sure what they are, some kind of lathe tools? The handle says “Goodell Pratt Company Toolsmiths Greenfield Mass USA”.

(Pen included for scale)

-- Brian

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 04:56 AM

Could be either for turning or hand carving would be my first guess, but I’m not well versed in either so…shrugs

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 05:23 AM

Ooops. Answered my own question by downloading the Goodell Pratt Catalog. These are “bearing scrapers”. Not totally sure what that is. Thanks!

-- Brian

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 05:56 AM

If i were to take a guess I would say they are for smoothing and shaping the inside of babbit bearings. Babbit is a soft metal that was used as bearings on machines and axles back in the day.

-- skidiot northern illinois

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 02:14 PM

Exactly right skidiot, Babbitt is similar to lead and the bearing were (are) usually poured into and or formed in place. A propeller shaft on a ship is a good example of where this type of bearing would be used, though I’ve seen old Jointers with this type of bearing, usually large shaft slow turning equipment. The scrapers are used to fit the shaft to the bearing by scraping high spots.

-- Mark,

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 05:50 AM

Thanks guys. I guess we should e-bay these things. I won’t be scraping any bearings in the foreseeable future.

-- Brian

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 06:30 AM

their intent is to scrape bearings. I bet you can use them for a variety of woodworking projects by sharpening them differently.

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 08:21 AM

Cool old tools. If you EBay them make sure you include the catalog pic for info.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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