Making a few tools for the wood lathe #4: Making up the handles

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 09-09-2007 11:21 PM 1810 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Heat treating the tool blanks (for 01 tool steel) Part 4 of Making a few tools for the wood lathe series Part 5: Finishing the handles and mounting the blades »

We have finished the hardening process and cleaned up the blades ready for handles.
The 2 tools in his blog are used with a lighter touch and so I went for a shorter handle that I could get a friim grip on an still control easily. As you can see I like big thick handles – my hands are quite large.
I had some dogwood blanks in my offcut bin so I used a 15-1/2 ” piece for these handles and mounted the whole length to avoid loosing any during refining.
Here is the blank roughed out to start the hole for the tool shank.
Next step I put on my old spindle steady rest to hold the handle centered for drilling a hole to recieve the tool shank.
It’s just four sealed bearings running on pieces of miter track in a piece of plywood. (baltic birch.)
Seems to do the trick but you have to watch for tracks from the metal bearings .
It’s on my list for a remake as I cobbled this one together for this job. It was off and old 12” swing lathe I had for a few years and I just never got around to making a new one.
My new lathe is 16” swing so I needed to modify the base a bit.


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#1 posted 09-10-2007 12:54 AM

Nice center guide.cheaper that buying from the MFG.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 09-10-2007 12:57 AM

I like the steady rest. I need one of those.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 07:17 AM

Bob -

I am enjoying this series! Thanks.


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#4 posted 09-10-2007 11:08 AM

Very intersting blog – I am looking forward to seenig the end results.

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