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Project by mattsanf posted 2528 days ago 2761 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a short break from the desks that I am building to turn a couple of tool handles on the lathe. The top one is an Auriou rasp and the bottom one is a Gramercy Tools rasp.

I used a piece of Tulipwood for the Auriou and some Osage Orange for the Gramercy. I polished them on the buffer and put on a coat of wax for finish.

I could never understand why such high-end rasps as the Auriou rasps come with such crappy handles…it always bothered me. I think that it looks better now.

The Gramercy handle was already OK, but it also looks better now.

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info





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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 2528 days ago

Really nice. I need to get a good rasp. I’m starting to do a lot more organic looking work and really need something better than what I have.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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TheGravedigger

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#2 posted 2528 days ago

What did you use for the ferrules? Those don’t look like tubing offcuts (my usual material).

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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mattsanf

34 posts in 2560 days


#3 posted 2528 days ago

Having a good rasp is a revelation (at least it was to me). I use them constantly now that I have a couple of good ones and will buy more.

Get an Auriou (despite the price) and you won’t regret it. The Gramercy Tool rasps are a bit cheaper and just as good also, but they don’t have as many models.

Rasps are like planes….a poor one is will convince you that you will never use one…until you try a good one.

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info

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mattsanf

34 posts in 2560 days


#4 posted 2528 days ago

I reused the ferrules that were on the original handles….Lee Valley sells similar ferrules also if you can’t salvage the old ones.

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info

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Greg Mitchell

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#5 posted 2528 days ago

Great looking handles Matt. You can also use 3/4” copper tubing for the ferrules. Just cut to length, and sand down the edges.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2528 days ago

how wonderful!
Love the lines in that wood

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dano

222 posts in 2629 days


#7 posted 2528 days ago

Matt,

I have a Jet mini lathe and have done a considerable number of pens but nothing else. How do you turn these handles, do you use a chuck?

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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mattsanf

34 posts in 2560 days


#8 posted 2528 days ago

Dano,
I don’t use a chuck. Just turn the handle like you would a spindle between centers, and then at the last minute use a parting tool to nearly cut through the end of the spindle that will be the finished end of the handle. Shut off the lathe and use a handsaw to cut through the final 1/4” or so. Remove the handle from the lathe and then sand the end of the hand smooth and to its final shape. Its even easier that doing a pen!

Matt

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info

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jockmike2

10635 posts in 2844 days


#9 posted 2527 days ago

Good looking handles feel like making about 20 or so for my lathe chisels and rasps? lol Nice job. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

6646 posts in 2577 days


#10 posted 2527 days ago

I have a habit of replacing handles on lathe chisels. (just so they match)

The handles on files and rasps would be a good canidate also.

Nice job.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 2526 days ago

Nice handles, & a nice project, everyone needs file handles.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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sharad

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#12 posted 2101 days ago

Very impressive piece of work in making these handles. They look beautiful.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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