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Forum topic by bsherman posted 1652 days ago 1822 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bsherman

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1652 days ago

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”.

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-- Brian


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Jeison

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#1 posted 1652 days ago

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

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 1652 days ago

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 1652 days ago

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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MrHudon

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#4 posted 1652 days ago

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, www.mrhudon.com

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bsherman

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#5 posted 1651 days ago

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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kolwdwrkr

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#6 posted 1651 days ago

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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scrappy

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#7 posted 1651 days ago

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

Scrappy

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

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