"Could you put a handle on that old Ice Pick?"

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Project by DanoP posted 01-16-2012 09:21 AM 1871 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy of mine went to the swap meet and brought me back too old planes (a Sargent 217 and an old Dunlap) and a Proto screwdriver. He said “keep the tools if you can put a handle on this old ice pick I picked up.”

So… what do ya think? Curly Maple and Jatoba. The “sheath” is held on by hidden magnets. Finished with CA.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 02:31 PM

That is sooooooooooo cool! Now I am tempted to break the handle on my old Stanley pick and replace it with one like this :-D

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 03:46 PM

Wow that pretty. Nice job !

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 04:55 PM

Very, very cool. I especially like the sheath idea with the magnets. No stabbing oneself trying to grab it in the kitchen drawer.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 05:07 PM

I would love to see any “before” pictures or any step by step pictures of your project.
So nice. It must be difficult to part with it now that it is time for your baby to go.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 06:22 PM

That’s a unique Idea. good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 06:57 PM

Thanks guys.
Sorry, no before or step by step photos. I didn’t think it would come out worth posting. But… since I just did it yesterday, I think I can remember most of it:

Ice pick was rusted but not badly pitted with a VERY utilitarian rounded off, square, oak handle; black paint was faded and cracked.

Removed the handle, chucked up the pick, straightened it and polished it to 1000 grit then polished with white diamond compound.

Now the wood. Started with a simplified celtic knot (Lew does a great job of describing the process here using just two cuts instead of four. I turned this down to close to final shape (sheath still attached) to get a feel for the knot’s look and placement then cut and glued in the top and bottom bands. Next I parted off the handle and turned a relief into the bottom just sized to fit a common flat washer that I had laying around. Epoxied the washer in place, capped with a slice of Jatoba. In the sheath, off center, I drilled a hole just deep enough and big enough to fit a small neo-magnet I had laying around and then again, epoxy and Jatoba cap.

From there, it was just drilling a hole, final shaping and finishing.

LESSON LEARNED: Put the magnet in the handle, not the sheath. Otherwise, he pick jumps off center to the magnet when you try to reinsert it…
thanks for looking – I appreciate your comments.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 08:54 PM

Very nice looking handle, good idea on the sheath. I would love to re-haft all my former chisels, but if you “charge” two planes per handle I cannot pay the freight! I think you both got a good deal.

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 10:43 PM

It all depends on where you get the planes. He picked both of them up for less than $8.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 11:26 PM

indeed a very good job done :-)
one thing though when its time to use the ice-pick you do it over a longer time
so what about making a little noch around the top of the holster and add a leatherstrop to it
so he can go around behind the bar looking importen with it at his belt …. LOL

take care

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#10 posted 01-16-2012 11:33 PM

Really nice result. You can’t call this a restoration. If you’d just bought a plain steel rod it wouldn’t have made much difference. It’s more a build.

Your friend must be very happy. Prepare for truckloads of old planes if he shows this thing to other friends and family.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#11 posted 02-12-2012 12:46 AM

this is way kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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