First Few Handles

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Project by Crushgroovin posted 01-10-2011 04:28 AM 1537 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picked up a new Lathe on New Years. So what does a new Lathe need? Why new Lathe tools of course! So I got on the horn with my buddy Ron who is a distributor for PSI and picked up a set of unhandled HSS Lathe Chisels. These are the first three handles I have made. I had a nice piece of 7/4 quilted Maple laying around so decided to cut it up to make some nice handles. So far so good.

I really went crazy this holiday season buying stuff for my shop. I hope to have new photos of my shop up later this week. In all I picked up a new Jointer, new Air Filtration unit, new Dust Collector 3 micron filter, Dewalt 18v Drill/Driver, and a whole Gaggle of Clamps!

Sadly my new love of turning has come at a price. It looks like it has exposed possible RA in my fingers. I have to a wait a month or two for tests to find out for sure. For now I wake up with Ball Park Franks for fingers, it takes about 3 or 4 hours before I am able to even come close to making a fist. Man my joints are not well! First Avascular Necrosis takes my hips and now possibly Rheumatoid Arthritis in my hands. All before turning 40!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 04:37 AM

Sorry to hear that :-(( Nice work on the handles.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 04:53 AM


What did you use for the metal ferrules?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 07:35 AM

cooll handles.

Maybe the pain is from all the vibration coming from thr power tools.

Best of luck to you!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 09:17 AM

Nice job. That looks like a ShopSmith 510. Yes?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 09:57 AM

The ferules came with but I would have used 2” brass or copper pipe connectors cut in half had they not.

Yes a 510 in deed.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#6 posted 01-10-2011 05:55 PM

The RA is a bummer! If holding chisels becomes a problem, you might like to checkout the Easy Wood Tools at which are simply pressed flat onto the toolrest rather than needing to be held at a specific bevel angle, so are easier to use and less tiring. Might enable you to keep turning even with ‘frank fingers’.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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