How do you determine sweep of gouges with out any numbers

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Forum topic by knotsofast posted 05-13-2014 01:07 AM 2397 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2014 01:07 AM

hello all,

I am trying to figure out some of my gouges that have no markings on them, since I am new to carving I have limited tools in that area of woodworking, it is not like I can compare to another known size in tool box . Anyone have a method, or formula to figure this out?

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#1 posted 05-13-2014 01:13 AM

Sweep numbers vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

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#2 posted 05-13-2014 06:00 PM

Yeah basically take a sweep chart like that, print it out to scale the best you can and compare the profile. I had an unknown gouge I wanted to identify so I looked up the formulas for it since gouges are usually a certain portion of an arc of a circle of a certain radius, but it’s not worth the effort when it’s not going to get you a better answer than a sweep chart.

You can right click on Loren’s version and open in a new window or tab or google another one.

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#3 posted 05-14-2014 12:40 AM

When I did carving with gouges long ago I found out that 95% of the time I used three or four gouges. #2 , #2 fishtail, firmer and a skew.

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#4 posted 05-14-2014 02:20 AM

I will try the sweep chart method that does sound like a good method. I don’t need to know exactly what they are, just a ball park figure. How accurate do you think the profiles in the woodcraft catalog are?

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