|Project by MShort||posted 09-14-2012 11:13 PM||1683 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
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.
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