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Forum topic by planeBill posted 07-14-2012 02:59 AM 703 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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planeBill

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07-14-2012 02:59 AM

I bought this massive 2” James swan gouge for a song. It is nearly spotless and the blade is full length. This is a very massive tool. I had to handle it with white oak and I also made one of walnut. Darned hard to sharpen though. Does anyone have a particular technique or tool they use to sharpen big gouges or aNY gouges? It does not have the swan logo but as you can see only says the name “The James swan Co” and”U S A”. Is this a later or earlier product? Any help is appreciated.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 03:01 AM

Nice, you are like the handle king. Enjoy

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planeBill

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 03:25 AM

I’ve been known for worse things I guess the handle king isn’t so bad. Thanks Shane.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 02:31 PM

On my 1-1/2” and 2” slicks, I used a 2” wide slow speed wet grinder with a tool rest to set the angle and sharpness. Since then, I use a scotchbrite abrasive wheel that I adapted to my lathe, if you are interested check my blog on sharpening knives, that keeps a very sharp edge on the slicks.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 03:40 PM

Bluepine, thanks for the info on your blog. Always good to see how others do things. The tool in question however is a gouge and not a slick. That would simplify matters if it were.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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