Chisel handles for a fellow LJ

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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 03-31-2013 01:30 AM 2026 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier this month Michigander posted a forum on what to do with some chisel handles he had that were in bad shape. I posted I had some maple and purpleheart and would be glad to make some for him. An email and a phone call later I had a package at my door with said chisels. When he posted he had taken some time to sharpen these chisels he was not kidding. First thing I did was cover those sharp edges with some thick rubber and taped them in place. Removing the old handles was easy as they were almost off anyway, one did not even have a handle. I glued up some maple and purpleheart and set to my task for the next few nights work. He prefers a larger diameter handle than most and with my bad wrist I use a much smaller and differently shaped handle. Mostly I guessed what would work and hoped they fit his hand. Talking with him this evening he was happy and had epoxied them into the shafts and they fit and work well for him. It was an interesting and fun project for me, as I wait for the weather to get warmer and get started on the yard projects list. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 01:38 AM

His chisel collection looked like mine does, nice work on those. You’re inspiring me to get the lathe unpacked and fired up.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 03-31-2013 05:55 AM

Those look great. I have a set that needs new handles and I really like the contrast, maybe I’ll try some padauk and maple.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 03-31-2013 06:08 AM

Wow buddy, those look awesome. Love the contrast. I have some old chisels, purple heart and maple, and think I will follow your lead on this. Im sure the fellar was pleasantly surprised when he opened the box and seen them. Great job!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 03-31-2013 06:30 AM

Very nice work, and incredible for another LJ!

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

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#5 posted 03-31-2013 02:16 PM

Thanks guys, one thing I did learn on this set putting that 1/4 inch sliver of purpleheart down the middle was an issue when I went to drill a perfectly straight hole. The purpleheart being the harder wood tended to let the bit wander to the softer wood. Had to go slow.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 03-31-2013 10:26 PM

Woodbutcher (Gunny), sorry for not responding sooner, I didn’t see your post. As Gunny said, I received the new chisel handles and got them glued up yesterday and I’ll tell you I feel like I won the chisel lottery. If you look at my original post, this batch of chisels were pretty sad when I started to sharpen them. Now with the new handles, they are fantastic. I decided to soak the chisels in a rust remover because I just couldn’t see putting these beautiful handles on old semi rusty blades. Though the blades are still somewhat stained, they look much better and are more deserving of the new handles that Gunny made. Oh yea he also put a razor sharp edge on the gouge that I have no way of sharpening.
Thanks again Gunny, I appreciate your fine craftsmanship. I am making progress on your horn!
Best Regards,

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#7 posted 04-01-2013 12:49 AM

The collet around the one chisel looks better than I thought especially after you polished up the blade. That rust remover made those look like new. What brand did you use? I got the gouge sharp but you certainly did a good job on the flat chisels. I cheated and use my Tormek, with the right jig took all of five minutes. Did give me a reason to sharpen all the rest of my collection as well. I look forward to seeing your next project. For me it got warm, time to get outside and get concrete laid, bricks after that, another rock wall, etc etc. (laughing)

That horn will look good with the rest of my Marine Corps citations, sword, challenge coins etc etc. Guess I need to get the basement room renovated and ready to decorate. Ah more projects…


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 04-01-2013 01:45 AM

Very professional looking quality here. May have to sweetin up a few of mine as some are in need of replacement handles. thanks for the pic

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 04-01-2013 02:41 PM

Gunny, I used Evapo-Rust, that I bought at a local auto parts store. It works pretty well, but you need to keep an eye on your tools so you don’t pickle them. I think my most rusty tool (which I didn’t send to you) took about 8 hours. It says it doesn’t etch the surface, but it made the surface somewhat dull. I suppose it would polish up if I had a polishing wheel, but they are fine as is. Yea that Tormek did a mean job on that gouge, it is really sharp!
Anyway thanks again,

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 02:09 PM

Thanks, have to get some I have a few items that could use some work. Omnce the yardwork and such is done, say in about 5 months… (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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