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Project by Brandon posted 01-18-2012 07:03 AM 1680 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me preface this post by saying that I don’t spend too much time on the lathe. I own an old Atlas/Craftsman metalworking lathe that sort of does woodturning as well, but it’s not ideal. I generally only use the lathe when I’m turning a handle for a chisel or some other tool. I view turning completely as a utilitarian task. That said, my neighbor bought a shaving brush knot made of boar hair and asked if I could turn a handle for it. He’s really into straight razors.

It’s made from a piece of marble wood I had sitting around. The handle has a slight taper toward the center. The brush knot was purchased from this site. I’ll probably be making another one soon it seems.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"





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#1 posted 01-18-2012 07:36 AM

Not Boaring at all :)) nice wood and good turning.

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 10:06 AM

I haven’t seen one of those on LJs before. What holds the badger knot in the handle? Is it just epoxied in?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 02:53 PM

nice work. I’m with Andy, I’d like to hear a little more of the process. Did you drill the center or cut it with the lathe?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 03:53 PM

Perhaps I’ll do a blog on the next one. I turned it, then drilled the hole (probably should have drilled the hole first). I hear it is best to use epoxy to attach the knot. This one isn’t actually attached yet because I didn’t have epoxy on hand.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 03:55 PM

The knot comes with a glue-able base made out of some type of plastic or glue. See in the photo here:

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 05:31 PM

Nice little project. You know, since I’ve gotten better at sharpening and since I think about how to get away from disposable things as much as possible I have contemplated getting a straight razor. Does anybody else use one? If so what are your thoughts?

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

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Brandon

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 07:50 PM

I’d like to get into using a straight razor, but I’m letting my neighbor learn everything about them first so that when it’s time to start I do it right.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 01-18-2012 07:56 PM

Looks great Brandon, but shaving sucks. I tried to give it up yrs ago. : )

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#9 posted 01-18-2012 08:02 PM

Shaving does suck. I grew a beard just so that I didn’t have to shave as much. Well mostly for that reason.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 01-18-2012 08:05 PM

Andy you wanted to go all ancient Greek style. ;-)

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

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#11 posted 01-18-2012 08:42 PM

Nai ma Dia! (Yes, by Zeus!)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 01-18-2012 09:19 PM

lol

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

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#13 posted 01-18-2012 09:42 PM

Brandon said “I’d like to get into using a straight razor.”

Be careful, it’s a cut-throat business.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#14 posted 01-18-2012 09:47 PM

ba-dum ching!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#15 posted 01-19-2012 07:10 AM

Love it! Thanks for the link as well. While I don’t use a straight razor I do use shaving soap and a brush instead of shaving cream. I must say that I get a superior shave with shaving soap and to be honest it is much cheaper than shaving cream.

When I get around to getting a lathe I will have to make one of these.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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