|Project by Adam||posted 09-22-2012 02:42 PM||5195 views||31 times favorited||13 comments|
I got these Lee Valley shafts about 2 years ago as a gift but had been struggling with how to make the handles. Well I picked up an inexpensive lathe and this is the first project completed on it. The handles are based off Darnell’s handles. He has an excellent how to on how he made his “handles” :http://http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68326 on his blog. I however do not have a metal lathe and needed another way to make the brass ferrules. I ended up using brass plumbing fittings of various sizes depending on the shaft.
The following is how I ended up making the handles. firist I make the square blancs onthe table saw and then made the handles into an octagon with the router.
Then i mounted the blank on the lathe and truned the shaft down so I could thread and epoxy the fitting on.
Then I remounted on the lathe. The brass is soft enough to turn with regular turning tools but I found the round scraper to be the easiest and smoothest cutting on the brass. After I roughed it round I used a file to make them perfectly flat.
I sanded up to 600 and polished the brass
Then I turned the rest of the handle, drilled the hole for the shaft on the lathe with a drill bit chuck, inserted the shaft, sanded and finished with BLO and wax.
I am really happy with the way they turned out and the hardest part will be actually using them.
Thanks for looking.
-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada