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Project by RGtools posted 09-09-2012 11:16 PM 1768 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been about 12 years since I turned anything. So I was a touch rusty when I started out. It did not help the I had to re-wire Grampas’ lathe before I got started. The funny thing is, I got into this whole project because I needed a 3/8 mortise chisel, and the only one I had was missing a handle.

Not sure if my choice of wood for the mortise chisel was sane (I will let one of the pictures clue you in on that), but we shall see. The paring chisel was done in walnut and I love it.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan





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Don W

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 11:24 PM

Very nice. You’ve got the bug again. Turning is just so cool.

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

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bhog

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 11:28 PM

Nice work.I havent played on a lathe since h.s. its seeing stuff like this that makes me want to go get the old thing…

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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Arlin Eastman

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 11:29 PM

RG

Nice handle.

I made one for a guy here for free and he sent a nice piece of Hickory with the blade. Now all I have to do is somehow get my wife to the post office to mail it back. Maybe the guy will post it.
Arlin

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 11:32 PM

Nice job on the handles Ryan. Only 3 things holding me back from turning…I dont know how, dont have the money for the lathe, and dont have the space. But, I would love to turn some custom chisel handles like you made. Cool stuff.

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#5 posted 09-10-2012 12:07 AM

Nicely turned, and a gr8 addition to those fine chisels

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#6 posted 09-10-2012 12:58 AM

Good work RG, they look really nice. I’d like to get a lathe at some point, but I’m not sure how often I would use it…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#7 posted 09-10-2012 02:01 AM

Great turning here, looks awesome!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#8 posted 09-10-2012 12:36 PM

Ahh, yet another thing to add to the LJ bucket list. Bespoke handles might just put that treadle lathe forward a few years. Thanks for the post RG.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#9 posted 09-10-2012 02:19 PM

Very nice handles RG.

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

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#10 posted 09-10-2012 02:59 PM

Wow, nice job Ryan. You’d make Lysdexic proud with your photography skill too.

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 09-10-2012 03:49 PM

Very nice work RG!

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#12 posted 09-13-2012 07:32 PM

Nice handles RG.
Fine work.
Love the paring chisel also.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 10-19-2012 01:09 AM

So Ryan, did you use wormy chestnut for the mortise handle? Also, what finish did you use.

-- I love Jeeps

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RGtools

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#14 posted 10-20-2012 04:07 PM

I never did get a chance to reply to everyone on this thread. So Thanks for all the kind words. For those of you contemplating a lathe…do it. It’s so worth it.

Scott, I tend to use butcher block oil on all my tool handles…in this case it’s a combo of mineral and walnut oil. Sometimes I use a wax concoction my wife makes, but it takes a long time for the “slick-factor” to dissipate (you get a much more pleasing result to the eye in the end though).

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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