chisel handles and mallets

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Project by planeBill posted 06-08-2012 12:18 PM 4009 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first set of handles I made out of walnut and I pimped them a little. Knowing walnut may not be the optimal wood for these I added some heavy brass flare caps to them. I sort of like them. I also made a second set of tougher hop hornbeam and I really like them the most. They are for my growing set of Stanley SW, new and old, chisels.
Lately, alot of people have been on a mallet kick so I made me a couple, being inspired and all from all of the nice ones I’ve seen here lately. They are made with laminated QSWO so I could utilize the hard endgrain. I don’t know the weights but the heads are 3”x3”x6” for the bigger one and 3”x3”x4” on the smaller one. The turned one is made of my last piece of hop hornbeam and is a little petit but since this stuff is like steel I am not too worried about the dainty dimensions. It should be plenty tough enough for light tapping for carving and such.
Yes, I bought me a new lathe, first time I ever had one and I’ve been having alot of fun with it. I’ve turned a bunch of different handles trying to practice. Files, chisels, mallets everywhere.
Like I said, that was my last piece of the hop hornbeam, does anyone have any of this that they would be willing to part with?

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 01:06 PM

Very Nice !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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David Kirtley

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 01:34 PM

Quite pretty. Really good job matching them up. The London pattern handles came out especially nice. Even of you are not going to pound on them, the caps do increase the bling factor.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 02:52 PM

Mighty fine work PlaneBill, keep at it buddy.

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 06:51 PM

Great looking tools!

Where did you get these striking ring hoops for the end of the chisels?
Just don’t know what brass flare caps are.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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Belle City Woodworking

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 07:10 PM

That is some really nice work!!!

-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#6 posted 06-08-2012 09:44 PM

Thanks everybody. The flare caps I got at Lowes. They are in the plumbing section in the brass fittings. They are definitely heavy enough to strike. They thread on so you just have to turn the end of the handle to the right diameter and they will in fact thread right on. Trim the length at the end, the part that goes inside the cap so the the shoulder provides a good solid stop or support for it as well as the threads which I didn’t trust alone. I’ve since refined, or, improved my technique and style making the London pattern. I might have to make a set of the improved version. These will fit the new Stanley SW chisels, would anyone be interested in buying them?
Here is the “improved” version/shape. A little more detailed I think.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#7 posted 06-09-2012 02:34 AM

Nice handles and I bet they feel good .
I like the collection of hand tools you have very nice !


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 06-10-2012 03:35 PM

WOW, absolutely stunning. I am in love with the walnut ones, and the new pictures….. just WOW. How do you do the octagon shape of the handle? Is it like a sorby kind of?

-- Dale, Oregon

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#9 posted 06-10-2012 03:54 PM

Wow these are great.

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#10 posted 06-12-2012 12:02 AM

Dale, the way I do the octagon section is quite “primative” probably. I first turn the whole handle round and get the shape of the socket end. Then I take it out of the lathe and head to the spindle sander. I establish one flat, turn the handle so that it sets on that flat and make the next flat, turn it so that it’s on that flat and so on. You end p with four flats and four “corners”. Then I turn it onto one of those “corners” and grind it flat and go through the whole grinding process again. What I end p with is an octagonal handle seen in the pics. Put it back into the lathe and sand. Glad you like the I think they are now my favorite style of handle, not only because of the looks but because they are very comfortable in the hand too. Now, if only I had enough hop hornbeam to make a really nice set of 15 I would be extatic. Jim and Kiefer, thanks for the kind words.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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