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Posted on Jack-pot, but need help.

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#1 posted 08-24-2008 07:46 AM

I have read with great interest and respect your comments and admired the posts of your work. But on this occasion I will vehemently disagree with you on the above. Don’t epoxy the handles into a socket chisel. Don’t rivet, bolt or otherwise “permanently” affix the handles. The least intrusive thing that you could to to is just ROTATE the handles 90 degrees, or 62 degrees or 14 degrees or whatever, and then reset. A little moisture can be a non intrusive save as well (to swell the wood). As a last final desperate resort I would cut back the OUTSIDE of the handle, the part that is handle and not tenon. Cut the shoulder just a sixteenth or so at first and maintain the taper of the “tenon”. That should allow the handle to seat itself deeper into the socket and tighten things up. It is normal for these things to loosen up with the change of the seasons, but a couple of upside down taps on the bench usually reseats things. Wood moves with changes in humidity. This is why the handles get loose and the last thing that you should do is glue surfaces that were meant to be allowed to move tight.

Pa B
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