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James Swan Chisel Handles

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Project by TedM posted 08-11-2009 06:50 PM 3605 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On my last ‘rust run’ to Maine in the Spring I was able to pick up 11 James Swan chisels. I recently finished the handles for them.

The handles are all about 5.5” long, except for the two turning tools which are about 12” long. The ferrules are 3/4” copper pipe.

The James Swan Tool Company out of Seymour, Connecticut made augers, awls, bits, chisels, drawing knives, handles and screwdrivers from 1877 to 1951.

The history and quality of these tools will make a fine addition to my shop. The fact that I had the opportunity to make the handles adds to the warm and fuzzy feeling I get when I use them. :)

Thanks for looking.

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reggiek

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#1 posted 08-11-2009 06:59 PM

Great score….and very nice work….chisels are like clamps…you can never get enough of them…those are some fine looking handles…and nice idea on the ferules…

What kind of wood did you use, it looks like oak?

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TedM

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#2 posted 08-11-2009 07:34 PM

Oops! Sorry, the handles are made of Ash.

And yes, I agree, like clamps you can never get enough!

I should also add that the sizes of the chisels are 1 1/2″, 1″, 1/2″, 7/16″, 3/8″, 1/4″ (there’s 2 of these), 3/16″ mortising chisel , 3/8″ gouge chisel, 3/4″ diamond parting tool and 5/8″ ‘continental style’ turning gouge. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find a 3/4” chisel to “complete” the set.

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Will Mego

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#3 posted 08-12-2009 10:19 AM

very nice, I’ve a soft spot for tool making.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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BarryW

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#4 posted 08-12-2009 08:21 PM

Very useful and very well done…and ash should be hard enough to last a few years…or was that centuries…

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TedM

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#5 posted 08-12-2009 10:12 PM

Centuries? Now that would be awesome! Even better if I was around to still use them! ;)

Thanks for all the comments!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 08-12-2009 10:16 PM

that ash looks great, and I like the shape of the handles as well. thanks for sharing.

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