Laminated Handle

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-17-2015 03:58 AM 1546 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rosewood and maple laminated handle that I made for my new grooving/detailing tool that has replaceable bits. I did not have any rosewood thicker than 3/4” so this handle is laminated lengthwise and I wanted to see what it would look like if I also laminated it crosswise with a contrasting wood. I like all my handles to look different so I can easily pick them out of the rack without even looking at the tip. When all the pieces were still square, I glued in a 1/4” dowel up the middle for insurance …. to keep the integrity of the handle in case it got dropped..

It is finished with clear lacquer.

cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 04:02 AM

Looks really lovely Jim

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 04:09 AM

Beautiful! A little too fancy for my tastes as I am one of those guys who breaks things. A lot.
You are probably more gentle on your tools. I really like the laminating job too.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#3 posted 07-17-2015 04:48 AM

Looks great Jim !!

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#4 posted 07-17-2015 05:45 AM

Beautiful job Jim. I’d love a pool cue with that pattern.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 07-17-2015 05:49 AM

You give so much attention to tool look. Incredible, very nice!

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#6 posted 07-17-2015 06:00 AM

Beautiful, Jim! That lacquer really shows off the grain, too.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 07-17-2015 06:19 AM

It sure looks like you got a handle on things LOL. Nice work

-- "The Cedar King"

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#8 posted 07-17-2015 08:16 AM

Looks great Jim. Good idea with the dowel.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 07-17-2015 09:51 AM

Beautiful!!!!! Great Job Jim…..The laminating worked well and I like the contrasting wood going across . The banding is very effective. I am glad that you mentioned the 1/4 inch dowel as I have become very interested in laminating timbers and that is a really good tip, I will remember that.
The Lacquer is a nice finish. Is Lacquer different from Clear Varnish?


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#10 posted 07-17-2015 12:03 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. That is the best it will ever look because it is going in the rack with the other lathe tools. Those set screws have to be replaced with shorter ones today.

Hi Cliff. Glad you could glean something from this project. I was just going to stack these pieces but the dowel keeps them aligned and it is solid axis for the handle made of pieces.

Lacquer and varnish are each made from a different base.I don’t know the chemistry but I use lacquer because it dries fast, each new coat ” bites” or dissolves into the lower layer without scuff sanding in between and it is alcohol and gas proof. So I like it for things that might get drinks spilled on them and for things around gasoline like that truck on my old engine. It got gas spilled in right away.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 07-17-2015 12:21 PM

That looks real nice Jim.
Great finish too.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#12 posted 07-17-2015 12:22 PM

Sweet & Fancy!

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#13 posted 07-17-2015 01:06 PM

Pretty looking handle Jim !
Should make that tool work just a bit better .


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 07-17-2015 01:24 PM

Very nice.

You must have better luck than I do since any tool I drop always lands on the cutting end usually on something hard (concrete).

I like the idea of marking the handles so it is easy to identify. Do you “code” them just at the type of tool or does your system also tell you the size? The reason I ask is I am thinking about doing the same thing as I start building my own lathe tools.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#15 posted 07-17-2015 02:28 PM

Thanks Bob, Macdo, Klaus and Woodnsawdust.

Hi Klaus. I hope it works as I planned it. I’ll have to keep the tool rest almost on the piece for support. The bits are 3/16” and I don’t want much hanging out.

Hi WoodNSawsust. Mine also fall on the concrete floor. I hope not this one. On the ones I make the coding is that I remember them that I made. All the others are in a rack slanting inward so they don’t fall out of it and on the back end of each one I have a letter or 2 pertaining to what tool it is. I can read it fast and select them from the rack during a job. The bowl gouges are always kept on the far left and they are easily identified by diameter!

cheers, Jim

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

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