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Project by ShaneA posted 525 days ago 2131 views 4 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently purchased the small Rikon Variable Speed lathe from Woodcraft that was on sale. Since then I have been trying to figure out how to use it. While I am not there yet, I will say it is fun. I like the ability to do a “project” in basically in one shot.

I can admit that I have a hand tool hoarding problem. It started with planes, then quickly branched off into chisels, and then into measuring and marking devices. It appears to be a classic terminal case. These are some of the Stanley 750 and 720 style chisels I have been buying from Ebay.

The handles that came on them didn’t match, and didn’t fit the socket in most cases the way I wanted them to. So, since I needed some lathe practice, and some new handles…this is what I came up with. They are turned from Zebrawood. Like most of my projects, I really didn’t have a plan or a clue per se.

I basically made them all somewhat similar, however there are some differences based on the widths and lengths of the chisels, some were based on what length and thickness the “original” handles were. I still need to finish sharpening, flattening and grinding the chisels to get them really ready for use. Some of the edges were pretty far out of square and some were chipped. I did not go overboard on shining them up, but I reserve the right to shine more in the future. I also have not lacquered the handles yet.

Thanks for looking.





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Don W

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#1 posted 525 days ago

They look great Shame, handles and all. I’ll get there some day.

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

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JL7

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#2 posted 525 days ago

Very classy Shane…...good to see you using some of the cool wood…....! I use the same planning technique as well….no plan or clue…...but you did good here without a plan…..shine away…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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ksSlim

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#3 posted 525 days ago

Not too shabby for a beginner!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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ShaneA

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#4 posted 525 days ago

Thanks guys, Jeff local hardwood retailer doesn’t carry a lot of exotics in anything above 4/4. I have had this 8/4 zebrawood for a long time, while that was thicker than I needed, I didn’t have to break down and buy anything for them. I would have considered Rosewood, Cocobolo, or a few others but went with what I had. I even considered BE maple that a fellow LJ had given me…thanks again Jeff.

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LukieB

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#5 posted 525 days ago

Shane, those things look awesome, very nicely done. You gotta post some more pics once you get some finish on em.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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waho6o9

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#6 posted 525 days ago

Fantastic handles Shane.

Your Rikon is being put to good use and your first set of handles
are quite impressive. Keep doing the good work.

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#7 posted 525 days ago

Very nice work Shane. They look great.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 525 days ago

Only reason I would want a lathe…..improve my tools. Nicely done.

-- Red -- "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis

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#9 posted 525 days ago

Those are some sweet handles, my friend! Well done! I’d like to turn a new set of six handles for the DEs I have, but haven’t got the guts to try it; they have leather on the ends. Maybe I’ll turn chisel handles when you do half-blinds with your newly handled chisels? :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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LeChuck

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#10 posted 525 days ago

Very cool, nice handles. I love zebrawood….but it’s so pricey!

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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DouginVa

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#11 posted 525 days ago

From one hand tool hoarder to another, nice job. And don’t let the ever decreasing lack of space stop your hoarding “problem”. It won’t stop me!

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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CL810

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#12 posted 525 days ago

Well done Shane! I’m reluctant to encourage an addict in most instances but for you I say, do it again!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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terryR

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#13 posted 525 days ago

Great job, Shane! That Zebrawood is gonna stand out for years to come!

When can I start sending ya old Witherbys for new handles? :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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ratchet

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#14 posted 525 days ago

Thats an incredible job for someone sthats “not there yet”. They look great! Thansk for sharing your work with us.

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#15 posted 525 days ago

Wow thats nice! Great job Shane!

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

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