|Project by whiskeyturner||posted 04-15-2010 03:20 PM||1669 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
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.