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Project by Yuval Eitan posted 10-25-2015 07:16 PM 599 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me HANDLE it for you!

I am a member in a FB group of local woodworking amateurs.
A couple of months ago, a fellow member stated that he has many chisels and files that have been missing their handles. The obvious reply should have been (and was, from some fellows): “well, mate, make your own! You have chisels and files, that’s all you need!”. Me? Naaahhhh… I just have to be a smart-ass… “No sweat, friend! I’ll turn some for ya!...”.
So I turned some beech handles (one oak). Four for chisels, prepared to accept ferules that the “customer” has; Nine for files/rasps. Three I turned on three axes (pics 5,6, and see below) – to make them oval. The rest were either turned round, or flat stock on single axis, and then some filing and sanding. I fooled around with some notching, ridging, friction scorching – for fun, aesthetics as well as better grip. Oiled generously with pure Tung oil.

Fun little Saturday morning project!!

Some more pics:


Three axes (on both ends of the board)


Mounted. The face farther from the tail-stock will get turned


Sanding the edges


Now REALLY sanding the edges….


Some handle butts…

Hope I handled this well…..
Thanks for watching!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it





8 comments so far

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-25-2015 08:37 PM

You “handled” it very well, Nice group of handles!

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

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 10-25-2015 09:01 PM

Saturday morning, Yuval? I’d take me a week to do that. You’re very efficient. The fact that no two are alike is astounding. Good work. I spent all afternoon Friday making one handle. Of course, part of the time was spent making the tool itself (Allen Wrench hollowing tool – my first).

Note that I also made a “line-burning” wire.

-- Mark

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Yuval Eitan

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#3 posted 10-25-2015 09:10 PM

Jim – thanks a bunch! (unintentional pun, but turned out nice…)

Mark – I guess making a series of identical handles would actually take a wee bit more time.
I recently made a similar tool from an Allen wrench, but it was designed for making those captive rings o the Irish goblets I made and gave away. Did you put a ferule? Ought to, I recon.
Thanks mate!!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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OldGuysRule

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 03:32 AM

As with your other projects the craftsmanship is top notch! Looks like you have it all handled all right. I couldn’t resist just one handle joke, bad as it might be!

Good work!

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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WoodNSawdust

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#5 posted 11-28-2015 03:44 AM

I have tried turning handles but never an oval one.

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

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Yuval Eitan

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#6 posted 11-28-2015 08:41 PM

Thanks Rod, as for the jokes and puns – I had it coming… This isn’t such complicated craftsmanship, more like play and experimentation. Thanks all the same!

WoodNSawdust. These were my first oval handles two. Easier that it may sound. Give it a go!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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OldGuysRule

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#7 posted 11-29-2015 09:45 AM

Play and experimentation is how you learn and fine tune you craftsmanship!

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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Yuval Eitan

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#8 posted 11-29-2015 10:00 AM

I totally agree, Rod!!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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