Several months ago, I bought a few old chisels and sharpened them up.
Among them I found this sorry fellow :
Having a sharp chisel is nice but having one you can grip is better so I decided to try my home-made pole/bungee lathe (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/63606) to make myself a new handle.
The old handle came off without issue :
Then I sawed off a brass plumbing coupler to make a ferule…
Planed a chunk of plum (mirabelle) tree to rough dimensions…
Gouged away a cove for the lathe’s string to run into (smoother lathe operation):
And started at the actual handle. I used a spanner (wrench) to size the 22mm tenon for the ferrule and put it in place :
Then I shaped the rest of the handle.
Finally I bored a stepped hole for the tang as straight as I could manage and fitted the blade in the handle.
Finished it with a coat of oil then wax.
You can see that I also filed away the edges of the blade to make myself a bevel-edged paring chisel (I already owned a straight edged chisel of the same size). The blade’s axis is slightly out of alignment with the handle’s but it is not too bad and can’t be much helped with my current hand skill level…
Here is the final result :
I could not bring myself to throw away the small chunk of wood on which the lathe’s string ran so I turned the piece around and made a top for my son out of it.
Not a very elaborated project but this is now the chisel I turn to by default when I need to do some paring.
All the best to you,
-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather