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Custom Padauk Handle for My New Toy

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Project by JohnGreco posted 03-02-2012 05:23 PM 2239 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having fully accepted my pen turning addiction, I recently bought the carbide tipped Woodchuck Pen Pro. Aside from it being one of the greatest pen-related buys I’ve made, I realized buying it meant needing to make a handle for it. Well, I could buy one from the maker and install it myself, but where’s the fun in that?

I was planning on using Cherry for the handle until I stumbled across this beautiful piece of Padauk in my scrap bin. I felt the sapwood was the perfect accent :) After shaping the handle and drilling the hole to accept the tang, I used a piece of copper pipe to be the ferrule. I made the handle a bit beefy, my personal preference for a comfortable grip.

Finished with a quick wipe of tung oil and a few coats of CA, then lightly waxed. It’s not exactly slick and slippery, but it’s not course and gritty, either. Comfortable to hold, but safe enough to use. The woodchuck was installed using gorilla glue.

Thanks for looking.

-- John





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interpim

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 05:29 PM

that’s quite a beefy bar on the tool. I’ve tried carbide lathe tools, but found that I didn’t like the feedback from the turning. I returned the one and only one I ever purchased and got a nice Sorby gooseneck tool instead.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 05:34 PM

It definitely took a little getting used to but I love it. I’m not entirely sure why the bar is so thick, but I suspect it is so when the tip is ground down to accept the carbide bit, it still has enough meat beneath it to hold up to the task without snapping off.

-- John

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Hoakie

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 07:31 PM

Great looking tool. I bet you smile every time you reach for it

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 07:53 PM

Thanks, John- I do :) But then again I’m always smiling when I’m making pens…except for the ones that blow up on the lathe.

-- John

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 08:01 PM

I have one of those tools and they are great. I really like the handle, the sap wood really adds another dimension to it!

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#6 posted 03-02-2012 08:17 PM

Thanks!

-- John

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#7 posted 03-02-2012 08:52 PM

Purdy. That’s a proud addition you crafted. I agree the sapwood sets it off. Nice piece of scrap. Looks comfortable in the hand.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 09:25 PM

Thanks, John! Definitely glad I took a look through my scraps before using the Cherry.

-- John

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#9 posted 03-02-2012 11:06 PM

Nice handle, proof positive that scrap really isn’t scrap.

-- Don, North Carolina,http://www.ncdon.com Working full time at retired.

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#10 posted 03-03-2012 02:17 AM

Thanks, Don! In all honesty, this will probably only reinforce my hoarding of scraps until I’m bursting at the seams :P

-- John

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#11 posted 03-03-2012 04:39 AM

The wood is gorgeous, and I especially like the homemade/handmade ferrule. I will keep that copper-pipe trick, thank you.

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#12 posted 03-03-2012 12:38 PM

Thanks, Chris!

-- John

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#13 posted 03-03-2012 12:41 PM

That’s a beautiful piece of wood.

Nice turning job, too.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#14 posted 03-03-2012 09:31 PM

Thanks, Lee!

-- John

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#15 posted 03-04-2012 12:10 AM

Great look’in tool!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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