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Forum topic by RiverWood posted 12-30-2010 02:30 AM 917 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RiverWood

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12-30-2010 02:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question chisel gouge

I currently own one 3/4 inch gouge and find myself always needing one a bit smaller or larger. I do not do a lot of fine carving but find myself needing to “rough” things to a basic shape. Today it was a handle for a dovetail saw. So far I trying to decide between a set Grizzly set (7957) or the set offered in the Lee valley catalog. They are both close to the same price. I have been happy with everything I have purchased from LV but have no experience with Grizzly. Has anyone used either of these or maybe have a better suggestion in the same price range? ($70.00 for 5 or 6)

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound


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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 10:51 PM

For carving I find I use only about three gouges…..A “V” cut tool ….a 1/2” streight gouge and a #2 gouge 3/4” wide. I have about 20 different gouges and use these three about 99% of the time. I do mostly relief carving.

-- In God We Trust

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 11:07 PM

I have some of the Flexcut mallet sweeps and really like them. The Flexcut
design allows one tool to do the carving job of 2 or 3.

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RiverWood

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 01:36 AM

Thanks Jim. I have another one of those little yellow notes stuck to my monitor now. Maybe that should be a topic(What do you consider important enough to actually write on paper). I will buy the tools you have suggested as I can afford them. Thanks Loren, I will look up the Flexcut tools.

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 08:37 AM

I like Flexcut also, but am changing over to Pfeil Swiss tools. You might look at these Mastercarver
I don’t have any, but I have heard some good things about them and the price is pretty reasonable. Most people recommend that you buy the individual shapes and sizes you want, rather than getting a kit with things you may never use.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 08:39 AM

And you might consider using a Dremel with a sanding drum….I have seen a lot of carvings done only using that. I use drums a lot on cane handles for getting the shapes I want.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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Jim Finn

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 09:04 PM

Yes, the Mastercarver is a nice tool. I have regular push and mallet gouges , but I also have a $300 mastercarver kit. I like it. I wonder if the flexcut tools would fit into the mastercarver handpiece. The photo looks like it just might.

-- In God We Trust

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RiverWood

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#7 posted 01-02-2011 12:31 AM

Thanks for the tip about Mastercarver. I will check them out. As far as dremel I agree they are very handy and not just the drums but the burrs as well. Thanks again, everyone, for your help

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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