What do "sweep" numbers mean?

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Forum topic by bluplanet posted 02-24-2011 08:52 AM 759 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2011 08:52 AM

I was looking at a charmaker’s adze that was advertised as having a #5 sweep on ebay.
I saw a bunch of irons here for making your own travisher with various sweep numbers.
I also saw gouges with sweep numbers.
Clearly, the lower the number, the larger the radius. But a No. 5 sweep on a travisher iron seemed to have a much larger radius than a No. 5 sweep on a gouge.
Is there a standard radius for these numbers or is it just a manufacturer’s personal designation?

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