|Project by Shopsmithtom||posted 08-29-2007 05:25 PM||1636 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
As part of my project to build a traveling woodworking tool box and fill it with hand tools, I decided to duplicate a broken handle on an old chisel and make some handles for a couple of small files.
My source for the wood was my neighbors firewood pile. I “liberated” a couple of sticks that I figure he wouldn’t miss (it’s a really big wood pile) and decided to try them on my lathe. It seemed logical since I wouldn’t need to take them from square stock to round as they were mostly round, anyway.
I made 2 from ash and one from what I believe to be maple. I might have to look for more ash, I like the look of the grain pattern because of the “stick” stock. I can’t attest to the structural stability of this approach, but, hey, I can always make more.
I also discovered that copper water pipe end caps (Menards, less than $3.00 for a bag of 10) make pretty serviceable end thingies (whatever they’re called)
I finished them with Varathane Cabernet stain and a couple of rubbed coats of linseed oil.
-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you