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New Tool Handles for My Lathe Chisels

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Project by thewoodworker01 posted 08-31-2012 10:07 PM 2063 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made some new handles for my lathe chisels. The old ones were extremely small, and short. I didn’t get enough of leverage when doing bowl turning, and about 2 inches off the tool rest. My new handles are much stronger, and longer. They are made out of white oak and walnut. When turning white oak you can see that white oak almost looks quarter sawn in a couple of areas, because of the white stripes going along in the grain. It looks pretty cool. I have made a total of 12 new tools for my chisels. They are much easier to handle now with the new tools. The design is just like the old pair. I used a tailstock chuck for drilling out the holes for the chisels, of course the chisels shanks have a taper on them. That made it 3 times harder because you have to drill 3 different size holes. I”m glad I did it.

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 10:38 PM

Awesome handles!!!!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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TerryDowning

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 11:04 PM

Nice job. Considering this for some of my chisels.

What is the finish?
What did you use for ferules?

-- - Terry

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Gshepherd

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 12:10 AM

Great Job…. Nice to make your own tools that fit your needs…... What kind of Steel do you use?

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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thewoodworker01

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 12:32 AM

TerryDowning

Thanks! I used Formby’s Tung Oil Finish. It looks great on oak. I used some type of copper connector (Most hardware stores should sell them) for the ferrile. Look around the plumbing department, they are about an inch and a half long, so I cut them in half and got 2 out of 1. I didn’t need something that long. You could probably use just a piece of plumbing pipe. I pressure fit it on and put a little big of gorilla glue on there just to be sure it won’t come off.

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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thewoodworker01

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 12:34 AM

Gshepherd

Thanks! Yes it is. I used high speed steel for the chisels. I had a Craftsman set that came with my lathe. And then I bought another matching set, but it had 2 more chisels, a larger roughing gouge and a larger skew.

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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jusfine

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 05:33 PM

That is great to have your own custom handles, I find a few of mine too short as well, but haven’t thought of turning my own.

Beautiful!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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