New Twist on Turning

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Project by MShort posted 09-14-2012 11:13 PM 1485 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a Thompson 1/4” detail gouge that needed a handle that I had been needing to turn.

I belong to the ShowMe Woodturners turning club. In addition to our business meeting we have a show and tell, a demo and a president’s challenge competition. This month our President’s Challenge for our turning club was to turn a tool handle.

I have made tool handles but want to try something different. I took a 12” piece of hard maple and turned the basic shape of the handle and then setup my layout lines for doing a spiral twist.

A saw, chisel, file, sandpaper and few hour later the spiral was done. I added some burn lines for decor and didn’t like the plain look of white maple, so I took some red tinting dye and added to BLO/Mineral spirits and applied server wash coats to the maple.

Maple does not take dye well but I was able to get some color to it. I used a brass flare nut for the front cap and an tack nail for the end cap and finished it with serveral coat of laquer.

I am very happy with the way it turned out. Thanks for looking.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 11:16 PM

Really nice job on that twist! I bet that gives a better grip than a smooth handle.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-14-2012 11:18 PM

That is a real sweet handle!!.............Jim

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

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#3 posted 09-14-2012 11:27 PM

Nice job Mike.

By the way everyone, he won the president’s challenge with this piece.

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#4 posted 09-14-2012 11:33 PM

This looks great. I’d love to learn how to do that.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 09-15-2012 03:47 AM

love the handle

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 09-15-2012 09:24 AM

Beautiful handle Mike. I think the spiral and the finish came out exceptionally well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 09-15-2012 10:28 AM

Now that Mike is a TOOL HANDLE! I love it.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#8 posted 09-15-2012 11:09 AM

As you know I luv spirals!! :-) So of course this caught my eye. Very cool handle and very well done!

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#9 posted 09-15-2012 03:56 PM

Congratulations on winning the challenge, it is always nice to know that fellow woodworkers think that your
work is good. That gouge will be a joy for you to use for a long time. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 09-15-2012 04:54 PM


-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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#11 posted 09-16-2012 12:08 AM

Great idea, have to make me one of these!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#12 posted 09-17-2012 12:40 AM

Great lookin handle!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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