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Locust Handles and Carver's Mallet

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Project by imallchalkedup posted 11-30-2010 05:10 AM 1899 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I decided to do a little spindle work tonight, these were all made from some locust I picked up early this year, I cut it all up into rough blocks and had set them aside to dry, not really sure what kind of locust it is from, either black or honey i am assuming.

Anyway, what drove me to put these on here is not the really great craftmanship or super design in my handles but what seems almost to hard to believe. I had finish making one of the handles, glued on the ferrule and set it in my room to dry. Well, a few minutes later, I decided im not too tired and I my as well make another one for the other hollowing tool i have. So, i picked up another rough piece of locust, similiar in size to the first and began turning, well I got lazy and decided not to go and look at the other handle in my room to see where I had place the rings and burn marks and thought well its just a tool handle, who cares, the’ll be close enough. Well it was a real shocker when I place them next to each other to find they were almost identical, they were’nt more than a 16th off in most places. :)

-- RStadler





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swirt

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 05:44 AM

Nice looking handles. What did you use for the ferrules?

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imallchalkedup

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 05:58 AM

just a couple of 1\2 copper couplings “swirt”. You can also you nylon twine, and super glue.

-- RStadler

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 02:08 PM

Those are some nice handles. You’ll appreciate them more when using them because you made them yourself!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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MShort

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#4 posted 11-30-2010 02:32 PM

Nice work Ron !!! I really like your tool handles and kudos on the duplication. Ditto on what Jim said.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 11-30-2010 02:37 PM

You did a great job on those handles and that mallet.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Andrew

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#6 posted 11-30-2010 06:50 PM

Looks like Honey Locust to me. Super hard, and dense, but really picks up a nice polish of the sand paper. Great job, I think honey locust is a great wood for tools.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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branch

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#7 posted 11-30-2010 10:47 PM

hi nice handles great job love the mallet
branch

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 04:17 AM

Great job on the handles and mallet!

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 12-01-2010 08:07 AM

Great handles. Isn’t it nice when you find a design that you like and can actually make another just like it? I can never make 2 of anything that close, even when I try. haha

Keep it up.

Scrappy

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

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