Chisel and awl handles

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Project by hairy posted 03-17-2009 05:38 PM 1786 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Making tool handles was the excuse I gave myself for buying a lathe. I got a Jet 1220 vs last December, and these are 2 examples of what I have made. The awl handle is walnut, the chisel handle is catalpa. Tung oil finish.
The wood was from storm damaged trees. After cutting the wood into blanks, I cooked them in the microwave to dry them out. The brass piece is a plumbing fitting.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 06:54 PM

VERY Nice!!!

Like your idea of the brass plumbing fittings for ferrules.

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

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 07:24 PM

Beautiful Handles, the shapes are nice..

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#3 posted 03-18-2009 02:15 AM

It looks like you had to do a bit of shaping on the ferrules. Was that done on the lathe or by some other technique?

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#4 posted 03-18-2009 03:06 AM

I used a metal working file on the fitting, while it was spinning on the lathe. Followed up with sandpaper.

-- My reality check bounced...

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