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SCOTSMAN

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1624 days ago

I am amazed when I see let’s say a 3/8ths inch spindle gouge appear much bigger/wider than 3/8thes of an inch. In fact most woodturning tools don’t seem to be (in my view) the size stated so how are the measurements worked out. I would love to know as this has puzzled me for a short while now Maybe I am worng but someone here will surely know. God Bless my very dear friends .Grandpa Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 1624 days ago

I think they measure the diameter of the cutting edge.

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hairy

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#2 posted 1624 days ago

Alistair, it depends on where you are. The UK and the USA go about it differently.

http://www.toolpost.co.uk/pages/Turning_Tools/Bowl_Gouges/bowl_gouges.html

Clear as mud?

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#3 posted 1621 days ago

Nice link hairy.I haven’t seen that chart before. My understanding was that the Brits measured the distance between the inside of the flutes while us Yanks measured to the outside of the flutes since we like everything bigger.

-- Glen

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