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Project by hairy posted 1644 days ago 2355 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Becoming a woodturner has been referred to as falling into the vortex. Now I get it. I thought it was the money required. I like turning tool handles, as well as other things that get a lot of use.

Rough turn a cylinder. I used vernier calipers to get the inside dimension of a brass tubing nut.Superglue it on.

The nut can be turned down with a parting tool, or use a file.

Once the handle is turned to shape, I marked out the spiral. Basically lay out a checkerboard, and draw a line from corner to corner of each block.

I have read in books how to layout your design, but here’s where I really learned how. Thanks Charles.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDw_X14W4RI&feature=PlayList&p=186D83712BDB7177&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=3

I use a hacksaw blade to define the spiral. After that, it’s rasping, filing and sanding. My carving is real bad, but I’m working on it.

I have a 1/8” hole bored in it, it will probably get a hand skew chisel put in, after I grind an old chisel into a skew.

The handle is 6” long, 1 & 1/2” thick at the end. Walnut with Behlen’s finish. This one took about 2 hours.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1644 days ago

Good explanation of the process. Well done.

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Dudley

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#2 posted 1644 days ago

Mighty nice. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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Mary Anne

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#3 posted 1644 days ago

Great looking handle. Excellent succinct explanation on how to do this. The instructions I’ve seen in the past make spirals look scary hard. Now I’m going to give it a try. Thanks!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 1644 days ago

Looking good! Wish ii could figure out a handle for my lead dipper that wouldn’t burn loose ;-((

-- "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 1644 days ago

Very nice handle . : ) Thank you for all of the how-to details !

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SgtSnafu

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#6 posted 1644 days ago

Nice tool handle – and thank you very much for the YouTube link on making finals..

Thank you for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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norwood

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#7 posted 1644 days ago

Thats a great handle and the video is good
They use the same theory for open barley twist buy the cutting is deeper and the carving more extensive
thats a great handle and a good idea for the brass nut I just use off cuts from old copper plumbing but the threads wold hold way better

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thelt

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#8 posted 1642 days ago

Hairy, I’m really interested in turning the nut down. Send me a private message explaining more on the how to, please.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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Jon3

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#9 posted 1618 days ago

That looks great! Wouldn’t you want the tool handle spiral to spiral the other way, to prevent slippage?

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hairy

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#10 posted 1617 days ago

That hasn’t happened yet,Jon. The butt end of the handle keeps my hand from sliding down. The spirals are maybe 3/16” thick.

I’m glad you like it. Give it a try, it’s a lot of fun.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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quicksilver

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#11 posted 27 days ago

Very cool and different.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Quicksilver

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