LumberJocks

Tool Handles

  • Advertise with us
Project by whiskeyturner posted 1595 days ago 1595 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

G’Day All, I’ve had some new P&N gouges in my hands for almost 12 months and now it’s time to make handles and put them to work…....  
The blanks I chose are 50mm by 50 mm by 900mm garden stakes in a pack of 6 for $17.00 all of them seem to be part of the Casuarina family.

My method of turning tool handles is as follows;
I cut my blank with an extra inch to spare. After centering as usual, I drill the tool end slightly undersize with the Jacobs chuck & drill bit in the tailstock. I use a cone shaped live center that fits in the hole, this ensures the handle is truly centered. I rough down to the basic shape and reduce the end to fit the brass ferrule, then remove the handle to put the ferrule on. I then remount it and polish the ferrule and then give it a coat of Carnauba wax. I use a parting tool & calipers to set the minimum & maximum thicknesses. Finally I finish turning with the skew chisel and use wire to burn in decorative black lines, then sand and finish with Carnauba wax. I part off at the spur drive end with the skew, then use a mallet to drive the handle home over the tool.   
The ferrule is polished before turning to reduce the risk of discolouring the wood. I also like to put masking tape over the polished ferrule to protect it when sanding the handle.
All the left over stakes will now be used for small boxes, goblets and egg cups and maybe even a laminated bowl or two…... All that and 4 good looking tool handles, not bad for $17.00. 

Of course all comments are welcome and if you know another way of turning handles or have anything to add please share it.
Thanks for looking.

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.





11 comments so far

View DaddyZ's profile

DaddyZ

2381 posts in 1672 days


#1 posted 1595 days ago

Nice Handles !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

View Dick, & Barb Cain's profile

Dick, & Barb Cain

8693 posts in 2931 days


#2 posted 1595 days ago

A nice job On the beautiful handles. Nice looking wood, what is it?

I made some handles for some of my Record chisels, because they were kind of small for my

hands.

-- -** 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

View mafe's profile

mafe

9491 posts in 1721 days


#3 posted 1595 days ago

Ohhh Lord woun’t you buy me a lathe…
It’s really fine work, I have to get me a wood lathe.
Thank you for sharing the beautiful handles.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View StevenAntonucci's profile

StevenAntonucci

355 posts in 2570 days


#4 posted 1595 days ago

I follow the same procedure as you in making handles and I think it’s the best way of doing it. For tools that do not have a round shank (scrapers, bedans, skews), I burn them in with a propane torch. Simpily drill a hole that is smaller, but close in size to the thickness of the tang. Then heat the tang with a propane torch until a dull red shows. From there, I hold the steel in a vise and drive the handle on with a mallet slowly until it is seated. Long, wide tangs may take a couple of heatings, but it creates a custom fit.

In addition, I try to make my handles “different” so I can find them in the racks. Color, shapes, lines, etc… just something to keep me from touching every tool when I need to find something.

-- Steven

View Woodwrecker's profile

Woodwrecker

3588 posts in 2207 days


#5 posted 1595 days ago

Smart idea.
Great use for those stakes.

-- Having fun...Eric

View bigike's profile

bigike

4031 posts in 1920 days


#6 posted 1595 days ago

cool very good idea!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

View Sam Shakouri's profile

Sam Shakouri

978 posts in 1719 days


#7 posted 1595 days ago

It’s good to see your projects starting coming, Steve. I’m looking forward to see more soon.
I know Steve as a good and keen woodturner, trainer and friend of mine. We are members of the same woodturnig club. Dont miss to view his projects when they arrive.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

View mancave's profile

mancave

114 posts in 1696 days


#8 posted 1595 days ago

I see 5 handles, do you have trouble with math? LOL

View whiskeyturner's profile

whiskeyturner

92 posts in 1752 days


#9 posted 1595 days ago

Your right there is 5, but one came with the tool, I thought I’d through it in as a comparison….

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

View BritBoxmaker's profile

BritBoxmaker

4358 posts in 1668 days


#10 posted 1594 days ago

Good work Steve. Thanks for sharing it.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

View whiskeyturner's profile

whiskeyturner

92 posts in 1752 days


#11 posted 1594 days ago

G’day there Dick & Barb,The wood if think is part part of the Casuarina family. In Australia the common name is she-oak. I checked ouy your handles, great job! Custom fitting a tool to fit your hand is the greatest benefit of makeing your own, 90% 0f my tools were purchased un-handled.

Steven, Great name!....thanks for that i’ve never heard of that before, I normally round the edges with the grinder then use glue, i’ll try burning them in next time I have a squareish tang.

Thankyou Sam you put a tear in my eye lol..
also thanks to everyone who commented.

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase