Came down with a case of tool gloat this weekend

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 10-19-2010 12:01 AM 2717 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found an old craftsman lathe the other day, it came with a gouge, parting tool and a square point, nothing special an entry level lathe at best. Had a piece of curly maple and this 2” Defiance Stanley chisel hanging around so I thought I would try this thing out, here is the result, my first turning.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 12:31 AM

Hey now ,nothing wrong with that. Now thre fun starts ,as to what else can you turn with that lathe.
Thanks for posting.

-- In His service ,Richard

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 12:32 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 12:43 AM

Nice handle and a good way to start turning. I would like to suggest that you put a brass or steel ring around the end of that handle. Just in case you want to strike it with a mallet in the future.

-- Mel,

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 01:51 AM

Very nicely turned handle : )
Do you have any idea how big the original handle was ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 10-19-2010 02:38 AM

Pretty cool, kid, I haven’t touched a lathe for over 50 years. One of these days though…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 02:55 AM

Awesome handle. I just got an old craftsman lathe myself and was thinking about rehandling a bunch of my crappier chisels in the near future. Did you have any guidance or did you just jump in?

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#7 posted 10-19-2010 03:26 AM

Thats how I started just over a year ago. Now you get to try all the FUN stuff!

Enjoy your new treasure.


P.S. Great job on that handle.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 04:58 AM

Nice find and nice handle created from it.

You may want to back the shoulder off a bit more. If you look at the original handles on the old stanley socket chisels they left nearly a half an inch gap between the shoulder on the handle and the top of the socket. This was not due to bad craftsmanship. It was intentional. The wood fibers continually get crushed with each mallet blow and wedge tighter and tighter as they crush down. If the handle can’t drive down farther because it hits the shoulder, then the handle will be loose and more prone to falling off.

Even the Lie Nielsen versions leave around a 1/4” gap

Of course if you only plan to use it by hand and not strike it, you can get away with a smaller gap.

Somehow Stanley got around it on their “everlast” design. I think because the were intended for hand work despite the metal cap.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Tim Dahn

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 05:02 AM

Yep it has started…

jeepturner- doubt I’ll using this chisel much, probably make another handle with a hoop if I find a need.

Dusty56- no idea what the original handle was like, I have read some woodworkers made there own handles back then.

MrDan & Jim- It has been about 35 years for me since I used a lathe, no guide or plan just looked at several handles.

Need to pick up some wood big enough to make a shop mallet.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#10 posted 10-19-2010 01:14 PM

I’ve got a Sears lathe just like yours. Have you got a manual? If you need one, just let me know and I’ll try to find the pdf file and send it to you.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 10-20-2010 04:23 AM

Looks like you had fun right away and you’ll be proud of that first project for many years.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 10-20-2010 11:39 PM

Such fine work, I’m really impressed.
Best thoughts,

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

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#13 posted 10-21-2010 02:17 PM

Careful, woodturning can be habit forming. It is however a good habit.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 10-21-2010 06:27 PM

Nice first Tim. I’m sure you will get hooked on turning. It is also fun when you don’t have to spend a fortune on a lathe to get started. If you decide to invest in a bigger more powerful lathe later you will have a better idea by then what you need. Meanwhile some very nice work can be done on the one you have.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 10-29-2010 01:24 AM

don´t say its your first , too niice

next time make a real long handle for it and use it as a slick
don´t forget to make an edgecap to protect both you and the edge

take care

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