Spalted Maple Rasp Handle and a Chisel holder.. Shop Projects

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Project by Dan posted 11-15-2011 07:09 PM 2932 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a nice piece of spalted maple that I got from the firewood pile and I turned it into some lumber. I was left with a smaller block and decided to use some of that to make a handle for a rasp I have.

I don’t have a lathe in my shop so I shaped the handle mostly by hand. Once I had the rough shape done I chucked it in the drill press and finished shaping it with sand paper.

I finished it with a couple coats of Tung Oil.

I also made another chisel/tool holder. Just a piece of cherry with notches cut to fit the tools. It has a cleat on the back which attaches to my tool wall..

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 07:22 PM

Real nice use of the wood.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 07:23 PM

Thats a beautiful piece of wood. Very nice for not having a lathe. What did you insert into the handle to chuck in the drill press?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 07:33 PM

nice work DAN !!!

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

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 07:57 PM

Mauricio, I just used a long and thick wood screw. I drilled the pilot hole before I shaped the block and then ran the screw in. After the screw was in I cut the head of the screw off with a hack saw. The screw was maybe not the best choice but I didn’t want to drill a bigger hole for a bolt fearing the hole would be to large to hold the rasp tightly. I also had the speed on the drill press set lower.. I was careful not to put to much pressure on it when I was sanding it in the dp.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 09:07 PM

Really nice Dan, beautiful wood and well done project.

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#6 posted 11-16-2011 01:34 AM

Is it just a regular hole drilled in the handle, with the tapered shaft of the rasp tapped into it, or is there some other trick to fixing the tool in place? I want to make a few handles myself.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#7 posted 11-16-2011 04:47 AM

Alright I now have no excuses for not making some handles. Thanks for the reminder.

I will be putting the drill press to some work this weekend.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 11-16-2011 05:25 AM

Novel use of the drill press. The handle is beautiful. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 11-16-2011 01:41 PM

Very nicely done. Read before someone using the drill to shape but can’t remember where. Personally, I would have trouble with the ‘rough’ cut and shaping. If I don’t have a picture in front of me, can’t see the final product. Sure wish I could.

-- Tigger, Texas

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