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    Question what is this thing for?

    Found this item on eBay:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Conover-Lathe-Ch...QQcmdZViewItem

    It is item # 290056988733

    What is it's purpose, I found it under woodworking lathe category.

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    Looks like some kind of a spindle gouge, too weak looking to be a bowl gouge.

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    The shank looks like it's made to fit in a brace. It's off center or I would think it was some type of tapered spoon bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    The shank looks like it's made to fit in a brace. It's off center or I would think it was some type of tapered spoon bit.
    Yeppers, you made sense out of it. It is listed as a lathe gouge and I couldn't get my thinking past that. Sure 'enuf it is some kind of tapered Neanderthal tapered bit.

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    I don't think so Frank, it does look like a spoon bit. But the shaft is not ... well doesn't appear to be on the centerline of the hole it would cut. If you were to drill a deep hole you would end up with the handle/brace turning in an arc, not staying centered. At least that is how it looks to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    I don't think so Frank, it does look like a spoon bit. But the shaft is not ... well doesn't appear to be on the centerline of the hole it would cut. If you were to drill a deep hole you would end up with the handle/brace turning in an arc, not staying centered. At least that is how it looks to me.
    Couldn't we just writ that off to being a Neanderthal thingy?
    I guess we still have an 'I dunno'.

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    Frank, that looks like a chairmaker's bit. As has already been mentioned, it fits into a brace and is used for drilling tapered holes for spindles with tapered tenons.
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    jeff-n-bill got the prize........spoonbit it are
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    That looks real strange. I've never seen anything like it before.

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    NO Expert here, but I think it is a spoon bit (fits and auger Brace) that is used for boring a tapered hole for a cast tap or bung hole for a keg or barrel. (depending on how large you bore the hole)

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