Playing with sticks

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Project by Shopsmithtom posted 2507 days ago 1487 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 2507 days ago

Beautiful handles! And, you got the wood from a firewood pile – that’s great!

I believe the copper thingies are called ferrules.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 2507 days ago

See, I knew if I called them thingies, someone would give me the correct name…and on the first comment, too. At least I knew what the sticks are called. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#3 posted 2507 days ago

my jaw dropped in disbelief!! From a stick???
Ok .. that’s it.. no more bonfires… I’m going to use every piece of firewood for building projects!!

These a SWEET.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Greg Mitchell

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#4 posted 2507 days ago

Nice looking handles. I also use the copper ferrules on my tool handles. They seem to work great!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#5 posted 2507 days ago

very nice looking handles and those copper end caps work great as ferrules, never thought of that. Great idea.

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

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#6 posted 2507 days ago

they’re actually called “Thingies” in the beginning but since everybody had a different idea of what “thingies” really were somebody named them inapropriately. I like the thingy thing. I use them all the time.

Oh, by-the-way, nice handles

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#7 posted 2507 days ago

Nice handles AND Thingies. A couple of recent posts on this Forum is beginning to make me really start studying firewood stacks – might have to start doing some “night recons” looking for project material :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 2507 days ago

Cool, I love the source of the wood!

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

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#9 posted 2507 days ago

Awesome and a cool custom design.

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#10 posted 2507 days ago

I just thought about using copper pipe, but copper thingies look like a better idea.

Nice handles.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#11 posted 2507 days ago

Great idea. Think I might head to the hardware store tomorrow.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#12 posted 2506 days ago

Cajunpen—this might be helpful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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