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Item 140474
Model 236SKW

Crown - Skewchigouge


Designed by English turner Allan Beecham, this tool will work as a skew chisel and gouge, thus the name Skewchigouge. With equal ease you can cut beads, pummels, balls, birds' beaks, plane,...

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Designed by English turner Allan Beecham, this tool will work as a skew chisel and gouge, thus the name Skewchigouge. With equal ease you can cut beads, pummels, balls, birds' beaks, plane, v-grooves, and more. Virtually catch-proof, this amazing tool has become one of our favorites for any spindle work. Don’t let its odd looks fool you, this tool is one you'll find more uses for every time you try it. 7-1/2" blade, 17" overall with stained beech handle. Honing required before use.


• Will work as a skew chisel or gouge

• 7-1/2" blade, 17" overall

• Cuts beads, pummels, balls, birds' beaks, V-grooves and more

• Virtually catch-proof

• Designed by English turner Allan Beecham

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4.6 out of 5 stars
10 Reviews
  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Neophyte recommends for simple spindle turning

    I made my own lathe, because I was making a drill press / drum sander, so why not? I don't want to spend a lot of money on tools, so the skewchigouge appeared to give me two tools for half the money of any one other tool. But, how do I sharpen and hone it? Then I found out that I could make a skew chisel from an old file. That, I can sharpen and hone! But, now I find that my not-terribly-sharp skewchigouge is easier to use after almost no instruction (there just isn't any) than my shaves-you-arm-hair skew chisel after probably ten hours of YouTube videos. You can just figure this thing out on your own. Plus, you can make coves, which a skew can't do. The only thing that the skew chisel can do that the skewchigouge can't is a planing cut that leaves the wood needing almost no sanding. If you're a cheapskate neophyte, you need this tool. Let me know if you figure out how to sharpen and hone it, though.

  2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Crown skewchigouge

    This tool was a curiosity for a while. When I got it, I had to try it out right away. I was more than surprised by how easy it was to use and the details that could be done with it. It would be a good thing to have more than one size. I am sure that a set of three would be well used.

  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Works Great.

    It will do what they say it can, easy to get the hang of it.

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great for pen turning

    Used one at a pen turning class. Enjoyed it so much I had to have one of my own.

  5. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Crown skewchigouge

    Works great, not hard to get use to.

  6. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Strange looking but does a great job.

    Leaves a smooth surface, easy to cut coves and beads with this tool

  7. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Avoid fear of the skew

    Helpful for those who are afraid of the skew.

  8. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    I like it.

    I have had my Skewchigouge for about a year but have seldom used it. I'm a bit of a purist so tend to use my skew chisels. I also have the Sorby Spindlemaster which makes similar claims of "no catch", "easy coving", etc. This evening I was finishing up a bud vase that I had already shaped but was a bit out of line from the center hole drilling. I tried the Spindlemaster, and in a moment of inattention "bang" , a catch. I broke out the Skewchigouge to try to repair it, and to do the rest of the surface that hadn't been damaged. Easy, and effective on the curved surface. I'm sold. In fact I came to this site tonight to see if you made a larger version. I would have given the fifth star if you did, as it would be nice to have one for smoothing longer curves so as not to leave the slight irregularities that the narrow radius leaves with my elderly hands.

  9. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    I would buy this product again and again

    takes wood off easer than a gouge, and it cuts allmost as smoth as a skuew.

  10. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This is my favorite turning tool!

    I got this for doing Pens on the lathe. It is now my favorite tool for all turning. It works great for putting coves in a spindle, general turning for pens, and even works well for small bowls.

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