A couple of handles

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Project by RGtools posted 711 days ago 1487 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 711 days ago

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

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 711 days ago

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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#3 posted 711 days ago


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.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 711 days ago

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 711 days ago

Nicely turned, and a gr8 addition to those fine chisels

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 711 days ago

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 -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#7 posted 711 days ago

Great turning here, looks awesome!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#8 posted 710 days ago

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 710 days ago

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 710 days ago

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

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 710 days ago

Very nice work RG!

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#12 posted 707 days ago

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

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

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#13 posted 672 days ago

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

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#14 posted 670 days ago

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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