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New Handles for Marples Chisels

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Project by MrDan posted 12-08-2011 01:42 AM 3660 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished making a new set of handles for my Marples chisels. I never really liked the bulky plastic handles they came with, and lately I’ve been learning how to use the lathe so I figured I’d just make some new ones. These are made of reclaimed hard maple with copper ferrules. I made a different set awhile back with copper ferrules and really liked the look of them so I decided to use it again. The copper is beautiful, inexpensive and easier to find than brass ferrules. The shape of the handle is based off of my one Lie-Nielsen chisel that I own (which of course is based off the Stanley 750 design). I’ve loved that design since the day I started using my LN chisel and so I tried to incorporate that while accommodating the tang of the Marples chisels. Finished with a couple coats of shellac and rubbed out to a dull sheen.





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nurvreck

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#1 posted 12-08-2011 01:58 AM

I have those same chisels. I would love something like that! Looks awesome, especially with the copper.

-- Dan, Sgt/USMC, Jacksonville, NC, http://thefamelesswoodworker.com

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Brian Shourd

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#2 posted 12-08-2011 04:11 AM

Those really look terrific. And I’m sure that the wood feels so much better in your hand than plastic. Great job.

-- Brian

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jjw5858

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#3 posted 12-08-2011 05:59 AM

Bravo!!!!.......Man, this is nice work here…..these look great….enjoy!!!!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Beginningwoodworker

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#4 posted 12-08-2011 06:21 AM

Beautiful chisel handles.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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mafe

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#5 posted 12-08-2011 12:59 PM

Wonderful upgrade to those chisels.
Now they will be a pleasure for the eye and the hand also.
Smiles,
Mads

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

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#6 posted 12-08-2011 01:23 PM

Great work !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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dubsaloon

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 02:09 PM

Nice work! Nothing like the feel of maple as a handle.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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Bertha

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#8 posted 12-08-2011 03:06 PM

Very attractive. I’ve switched over to the copper too. Don’t tell anyone but I cut it on my bandsaw;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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489tad

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#9 posted 12-08-2011 03:25 PM

What an improvement. The copper looks great.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 12-08-2011 04:56 PM

What an upgrade! They look fantastic!
Did you use a 1/2” copper pipe or a fitting to make the ferrules?

-- Regards, Norm

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#11 posted 12-08-2011 08:44 PM

very cool

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 12-08-2011 08:48 PM

Absolutely wonderful job! Much, much better than blue plastic, you’re right!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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MrDan

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#13 posted 12-09-2011 12:04 AM

@AgentTwitch: I used a union (coupler) for 1/2” pipe. I needed it to be a hair larger than the 1/2 pipe and the coupler was just about right. It isn’t an exact match to the flared part of the chisel, but close enough for me.

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meikou

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#14 posted 12-09-2011 01:18 AM

How much for a set of 6 :)

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Matt W5MIX

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#15 posted 12-10-2011 03:22 AM

Really beautiful work!

-- Matt in Dripping Springs

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