New Lathe 'Chisel'

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Project by LelandStone posted 12-12-2011 07:52 PM 1617 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just finished this lathe ‘chisel’ handle yesterday, and I’m quite pleased with the result! It’s called an “Oland” tool, and it’s based on plans from

The handle is Osage Orange, and the shape is based on a favourite chisel in my collection (an OLD Buck Brothers lathe chisel), but modified to fit my hand. I stop the lathe, test grip, then turn and repeat until I’m satisfied with the fit. The blank is a 1-1/2” turning square from Rockler, pre-bored with a 1/2” D hole about 3” deep in the end that butts to the live center of my lathe. The ferrule, made from a 3/4” copper tee (just because that’s what I have on hand) is a press-fit secured with Gorilla Glue.

The entire handle is coated with a couple of coats of spray can lacquer.

-- Leland, OC California

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 05:54 AM

I think by looking at the photos that you have XLG hands. It really makes a difference when you have handles that fit you!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 08:13 PM

I have been meaning to make handles for all my stuff but always get distracted by other projects. Looks comfortable. I don’t have strong hands so I need a good fitting handle.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#3 posted 05-31-2014 03:03 AM

Nicely done!

Hope it is not TOO PRETTY to use.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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