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Forum topic by kmetzger posted 04-13-2016 08:48 PM 711 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2016 08:48 PM

I love my Thompson 5/8” bowl gouge, but I’m having one problem: when using it to rough the outside of a large unbalanced bowl blank, the part of the handle that holds the tool keeps slipping loose from the handle from the vibration. When used with balanced blanks, this doesn’t happen. Has anyone here experienced this and if so, what’s a good solution?

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#1 posted 04-13-2016 09:11 PM

Run some thin strips of wood down the handle and reinstall the tool.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 04-14-2016 05:11 PM

Kim … I received a Thompson 5/8” handle about 4 years ago and found the nose of the handle assembly was loose in and came out of the long hollow tube. Checked back with Doug Thompson and he told me that he attaches the nose to the long tube handle with Locktite. He sent me a replacement handle. He told me to keep the original handle (no charge) and that I could likely fix the loose joint with either a medium or thick CA glue application. I opted to send the loose handle back to him since he sent me another as a replacement. Haven’t had any other issues with Thompson handles.


-- Tom

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