This tool, also called sjewji gouge or skewchigouge, has a combination of the cutting profiles of a skew chisel and a gouge, and hence is a multipurpose tool.
The tools I show were made from a discarded printer 3/8” Ø steel bar, which had a reduced diameter to 1/4 "at both ends. The handles were made in pine and a brass ferule was added.
This tool is based upon the article “Unconventional Tools” by John Siegel. It is possible to buy these tools in several commercial firms that sell woodturning supplies, and there are several homemade models on the net.
Last edited by morsa; 08-23-2015 at 10:02 AM.
Unlike many of us who like to dismantle equipment and reuse component, the majority of people (usually not fond of tools, either bought or homemade), throw these devices when no longer work and require replacing. Therefore, another possibility to get free printer bars is to comment with family and friends; someone may even have some saved for several years and will appreciate that we remove this waste.
I have read that with these step motors, we can make adaptations to CNC lathe or router, but this is beyond my comprehension.
Nice re-purposing of the printer shafts Morsa. Really like the tool shapes, seem very versatile. Got lots of scraps like those and just getting to making a handle for my metal scrapers...hopefully I can turn them on my mini. Curious about your ferules...almost looks like there is a slot in the ferule end of the handle for clamping? Thanks for sharing another great build from re-purposed materials! ~PJ
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Same as my comrades above, great idea for the steel shaft reuse, what kind of steel do you think it is ? If you try to file it, will the teeth bite the steel ?
Another question, why do you call it a skew gouge, I would have said scraper gouge ? Maybe I have not well understood the way you use it ?
I have some round Hss left, I think I will try this shape as well.
Thanks for showing !
Thanks Christophe Mineau
I suppose it is called skew and gouge, more than because of the shape of the tool, because the way it cuts the wood, but to answer this question I refer to the article of John Siegel:
By the way, commercial houses that sell these tools also call them combination of skew and gouge.
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