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Forum topic by Bob Collins posted 09-06-2016 05:19 AM 709 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bob Collins

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09-06-2016 05:19 AM

This chisel plus many more were found in a work shed of a deceased where he wood turned 30 years ago.
Once the rust was cleaned off it looks like a reverse gouge (maybe spoon gouge), the flutes have never been sharpened in fact the is no sharp cutting edges at all. Possibly it has never been sharpened.
Sanded back the handle and I think it is Hickory which points to possibly a USA produced chisel.

Q.1 Does any one know if it could be a wood turning chisel.
Q.2 How to sharpen it, do I round off the front like a gouge and carry to edge up and onto the flutes.
Q.3 or do I hang it on the wall as a conversation piece.

There are 3 different sizes of this shaped chisel with same handles. There are several of each size plus many other chisels I have not seen before and cannot find on the Internet. The old fellow did wood turning before he passed on. A long story on how I came in possession of these and shall bore you all at some other time.

Thanks for any info.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.


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gator9t9

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#1 posted 09-06-2016 05:26 AM

Looks like one of the tools I sharpened…

Gator9t9

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#2 posted 09-06-2016 05:49 AM

I think Q.3 is the go Bob :) looks like an old hand forged steel “tool”
Bet you get a variety of suggestions with this one mate
cheers
Pete

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#3 posted 09-06-2016 05:58 AM

Bob, I think they might be the 1st stage of something he was going to finish off but never got around toit.
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Bob

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#4 posted 09-06-2016 07:52 AM

If it can take an edge, Bob, it’s a turning tool. I once saw a video wherein a guy took a black pipe, cut it just so, and sharpened it into a very passable gouge. A very BIG gouge, which he used to turn a very sizeable bowl, held to the axle of his jacked-up mini van, via a home made chuck. His son was in teh driver’s seat, controlling the speed. It’s snowing in the video. I think it was in Alaska.
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#5 posted 09-06-2016 11:37 AM

Th first I thought it might be a small roughing gouge but it is sharpened backwards for that. Maybe if you turn it over it could be used for a round grooving tool. The high end and then the lowered area behind it has me puzzled with it cleared out for something like it might be a key to something.

Bob might be right..it might be an unfinished tool!

Jim

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#6 posted 09-06-2016 12:03 PM

Interesting piece. Not sure what it is. There are many strange shapes of cutters from other countries. Have you tried to cut with it.

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#7 posted 09-06-2016 12:30 PM

Thanks for the replies. The 6 sided shaft on all the chisels look factory made, I am trying the trace the history on the deceased male and see what his trade was. Ron, no sharp edges and definitely wont cut as is, I don’t think it has ever been sharpened. As Jim said it looks like a roughing gouge but sloping backwards. Later on will try grinding some cutting edges on one of the chisels but it not one of my better skills.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 09-06-2016 01:00 PM

If there are several each in different sizes, perhaps he was considering trying to market them and these were his prototypes.

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#9 posted 09-07-2016 12:20 AM

Bob. I was wondering if it could be a special purpose roughing gouge. The possibility of it never having been sharpened, could indicate that after the handle was fitted the intention was to then shape the cutting edge to the desired shape.

regards,

Cliff.

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#10 posted 09-07-2016 12:29 AM

I’m with you Cliff, it must be 50 year or more old (he died 30 years ago) and definitely intended as a gouge even though the supposed cutting edge is reversed. Will see what I come up with once I start grinding a cutting edge.
Cheers Bob.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#11 posted 09-07-2016 12:32 AM



If it can take an edge, Bob, it s a turning tool. I once saw a video wherein a guy took a black pipe, cut it just so, and sharpened it into a very passable gouge. A very BIG gouge, which he used to turn a very sizeable bowl, held to the axle of his jacked-up mini van, via a home made chuck. His son was in teh driver s seat, controlling the speed. It s snowing in the video. I think it was in Alaska.
We re created in God s image. I believe that means, at least in part, the we re imbued with a creative and innovative bent.

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#12 posted 09-07-2016 10:36 AM

I will be most interested to see what develops Bob.

Cliff.

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