Scandinavian burnisher - handle for a wonderful gift.

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Scandinavian burnisher
Handle for a wonderful gift.

I have had the luck to meet a local artist in 2014, Flemming he is a painter, but also have a soft spot for old tools, he gave me this fine old Swedish burnisher iron on on of his visits in my shop.
So I decided it would be a sweet little first project in 2015 to make it a handle to bring it back to life.

My usual way. ;-)

1. Burnisher with it’s new handle.
2. A piece of hard wood I found in a trash pile by the pier in a local harbor.
3. Spin that lathe for some flying wood and shapes to come out of the wood.
4. Same style as my dovetail chisels.
5. My usual finish and a brass ring.
6. Drilling a step hole for a good tang fit.

As you see ÖBERG SWEDEN and in a triangular shape as we traditionally use here (I’m Danish).

Thank you Flemming, wish you a wonderful 2015 and the same to all of you LJ’s.

Hope this can inspire to bring life to old tools,

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 12:10 AM

Hope 2015 brings you much happiness and contentment.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 12:23 AM

nicely done.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 01:05 AM

Well done Mafe. Beautiful pics.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 01:54 AM

Have a great year Mads. You’re off to a good start.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 02:46 AM

I wish I could find stuff like that.
Nice restore Mads.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 03:09 AM

Great handle, Mads. I love it when you give a piece of ordinarily scrapped wood a new life.

happy new year, my friend!!...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 01-02-2015 03:46 AM

Looks good from here!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 01-02-2015 04:28 AM

Good to see life come to old tools. Great idea with the step drillhole.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 01-02-2015 08:40 AM

Best way to start the year :) Happy new year Mads !

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#10 posted 01-02-2015 08:50 AM

What a lovely gift Mads. With the handle you turned, it reminds me of the Liogier tri-burnisher.

Happy New Year Mads.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 01-02-2015 11:25 AM

Happy New Year Mads. A fine project. Always great to see old tools brought back to life.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#12 posted 01-02-2015 12:17 PM

Hi guys,
Here we have strong wind today over Copenhagen and I have a smile on my face.

Yes that was a wonderful way to start the year. ;-)
Thank you all.

I like the idea of the Liogier having two rounded and a sharp side, the Scandinavian / German type has three slightly rounded sides and yes I see it’s same grip style. Was smiling when I saw we both did handles the first day of the new year Andy.

The shape I took from the shape of my dovetail chisels, this because I really love the grip more and more.
The handle are smooth in the hand, the round shape good for the palm when putting some weight and the front makes a wonderful rest for the thumb, was thinking it would be good for the way a burnisher are used too.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 01-02-2015 01:34 PM

Nice work as always Mads, best wishes for 2015.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 01-02-2015 01:47 PM

I agree Mads, that shape is very comfortable. A wonderful set of chisels you have assembled there.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 01-02-2015 02:07 PM

Nice looking handles Mads,
I also was working on a long handle for a new lathe tool, my wife bought me the carbide cutter for Christmas.
It is a detailing long diamond shape. Picture will be coming soon.
Have a great and blessed New Year, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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