Rehandled Aldi chisel with mango

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Project by Paul Jenkins posted 07-22-2015 11:10 PM 5979 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a fair few of these queensland mango blanks laying around (they were too good a deal to pass up), and the steel on the Aldi chisels is pretty good – these are the ones that Paul Sellers raves about. Unfortunately the handles are a bit long, and not comfortable to my hands.

I’m now torn between all mango, or whether I should go for a different species per chisel. I’m erring towards the latter – I’ve got blackwood, redgum and jarrah blanks on hand. The redgum and jarrah can be tonally similar, so perhaps I should replace jarrah with gidgee or mulga?

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#1 posted 07-22-2015 11:36 PM

Nice looking handle. I don’t know about wood selection, I think I would keep the exotics for sale / gifts and use a more mundane wood for a handle, but this just me.

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#2 posted 07-22-2015 11:39 PM

Thanks. Tassie Oak is the most mundane we have around here – its a pain in the backside to turn. While everything is expensive in Australia, one thing we have is gorgeous local woods. I’ve got boards and boards of blackwood, the redgum is what I’d consider “trash” (though would probably count as an exotic somewhere!), and jarrah is just offcuts. :)

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#3 posted 07-23-2015 11:07 AM

Great looking handle. Totally differnent looking tool now.

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#4 posted 07-23-2015 01:57 PM

Matching wood species would look very nice. To me, a hodge-podge of different species, while beautiful, just doesn’t underscore that the chisels are a matched set. Perhaps one species for your chisels and a different one for your wife’s? Whatever you choose, please post. Your turning is beautiful work.

By the way, I was heartened to see that it took some measure of effort for you to get the original ferrule off. I love my Aldi chisels and seeing how tough they are only raises them in my esteem.

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#5 posted 07-23-2015 04:23 PM

Looks awesome! Mine are so much more useful after rehandling


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#6 posted 07-23-2015 10:23 PM

@Brad good news/bad news. I dont think the ferrule will likely ever pop off during normal use. The bad news is they’re soft. Despite what the video might have shown, there wasn’t a lot of effort to get them off.

First I tried an incredibly dull hacksaw, but I didn’t know how long the tangs were so I had more problems holding it than cutting.

When @lumberjoe said he used a screwdriver on reddit, I gave that a shot. Cuts through like butter, really quickly. Very thin material, easily deformed with light finger pressure when its off the wood.

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