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Blog series by Dan Krager updated 05-27-2014 10:54 PM 6 parts 6808 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: New Carving and Turning handles

02-19-2013 12:52 AM by Dan Krager | 5 comments »

Move over Grinling Gibbons. Have tools will carve. Have carved. But I don’t like the mishmash of handles that happens in an aggregated set. So I gathered up some dead ash trees and split out some blanks and turned a set of new handles. These are all my Addis tools that deserve good handles. I fooled around until I made one I liked and was comfortable in my hand. Then I had to change the size to fit in the drawer! Not much, so they are still comfortable. Notice that there are fl...

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Part 2: Brass ferrules arrived

03-16-2013 12:07 AM by Dan Krager | 6 comments »

Today I received the brass flare caps that will become the ferrules. The handles all have several coats of oil finish and just glow with an invitation to pick them up. These caps were $0.59 each! The cheapest big box price was $1.19. http://www.installationpartssupply.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_code=fittings-brass-flare-cap#.UUO3GPV1N8F Says they’re back ordered, but I got them within two weeks. After contacting them, they told me they normally don’t stock...

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Part 3: Handles are finished and mounted

05-31-2013 10:36 PM by Dan Krager | 7 comments »

I finally finished the carving gouge handle project. These are mostly Addis blades a couple Buck Brothers This represents about half of my total collection, so I am well equipped to move ahead on some SERIOUS carving projects. The other half consists of newer Pfeil gouges and some miniature gouges and chisels. As noted before, I’m planning a Grinling Gibbons style carving and this is a major step towards beginning work. I have some experiments to perform to test procedure and materi...

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Part 4: A brief interruption

10-27-2013 11:27 PM by Dan Krager | 1 comment »

I’ve posted a blog on my website about a volunteer handle turning project. DanK

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Part 5: Osage orange gloat--handle stock?

01-31-2014 11:26 PM by Dan Krager | 13 comments »

I have the distinct privilege to have been in the right place at the right time. One of my “hobbies” is to operate farm equipment, so I’ve become good friends with a large farm operation not too far away. They agreed with the neighbors to take out an ancient common hedge patch and recover about 20 acres of farm ground. I stumbled into the operation as it began and asked what was to become of all those giant hedge trees. Well, they were just going to burn them, and the fi...

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Part 6: jig to speed things up

05-27-2014 10:54 PM by Dan Krager | 10 comments »

The turned handles that I use in my shop start with an octagon blank that has taken up to 3 hours to prepare an accurate one. This jig is designed to reduce that time to mere minutes. I start with a split blank and in just a few minutes with this jig end up with a perfect octagon blank. The jig will also accommodate a taper up to 30” long. What you can’t see in the picture is a runner that runs in the miter slot. Dank

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