Spiral tool handle

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Project by hairy posted 12-24-2009 02:16 AM 2030 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally! Some ME time, and here’s how I spent it. It is still to be determined what tool will be installed. I drilled a 9/64” hole, so my options are open. This only took about 2 and 1/2 hours. If you don’t like sanding, skip this. The wood is cherry, General Salad Bowl finish. These are fun to make.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 12-24-2009 02:35 AM

I have often thought about this for some of my “F” clamps that have wooden handles. The handles that come from the factory have nothing to grip onto: this looks like it would solve that problem. Nice work and I like your choice of wood.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 12-24-2009 02:37 AM

cool … sounds like you enjoyed yourself … Merry Christmas Buddy !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 12-24-2009 04:17 AM

How do you get the spiral? Very cool.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#4 posted 12-24-2009 04:58 AM

Nice job. You carved the spiral didn’t yoiu?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 12-24-2009 06:06 AM

I guess you could call it carving. It’s more like cutting, filing rasping and sanding.

Here’s a great lesson it. Charles Neil makes it look easy.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#6 posted 12-24-2009 02:32 PM

I’ve been wanting to try that… yours looks great!

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#7 posted 12-24-2009 03:48 PM

Fun project. I see you have the same “over engineered” dust collection system that I have… :)

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#8 posted 12-25-2009 05:51 PM

i was watching the video clip you added the link to and thank you for that . it really helps understanding how this is done but one thing i was wondering is the fact he sanded the whole thing by hand did you do any of your sanding by using the lathe ? as it seems like once you have the spiral defined the sand paper would fallow the any input on that would be great and i just have to say yours looks great a job well done it really makes me want to try this for myself.

-- in wood working there is no need for perfection as inperfections just go to show that the project was done by hand with love and care

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#9 posted 12-26-2009 02:17 AM

You are correct. Once the spiral is defined, tools and sandpaper just follow the groove. It is all done by hand after the turning is completed.

-- My reality check bounced...

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