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#1 posted 03-22-2012 03:40 AM

Handle with leather washers:

If it has been done, I’ll do a blog on it. It isn’t hard. I am sure someone had already done it.
The basic blank shold be turned with a 1/2” dowel stem at one end (about 1” or so long).
You should attache (glue) the washer on first before you start doing turning of your handle.

The leather washers may be puch out or hand cut.
I actually have grind down a spade bit do that it has a double cutting blade (one for the inner and one for the outter circuit fitted on a drill press. Use thick leather (1/8” or more) from the hobby store (scrapes).

When you turn your handle, your can turn the leather as well. It will cut differently. I always have more layers then what I actually need because the washers have a tendency to “mushroom” on you. I cut the mushroom portion out. I have tried to avoid finish on the washers, but have given up as I always manage to get in on them anyway. Upon examining old handles with washers, I think they too have finish on them too.

This link should gives you all the details that you need on making a handle with leather washers.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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