So after a bit of practice and getting use to my Bungee Lathe, I finally completed my goal to get get some good handles on my old socket chisels. I patterned the handle off of the handle that is on my Witherby firmer chisel (third from the top)
I made them just a wee bit longer (I don’t like it when my pinky hangs off the end of the handle) and put some octagonal flats around the main section of the body.
Why Octagonal flats? A picture is worth a thousand words:
I used cherry, mahogany and what I think might be butternut (one side is red-ish, one side is purple-ish ??) Hickory or hornbeam would have been better choices, but I had neither available to me. The finish is amber shellac.
They aren’t exactly identical, my lathe skills still need more work in order to duplicate patterns more exactly, but they are a lot closer than what they used to be
I’ll cover the “how I did it” in my next post. (edited 12/10/10 to add the link of making the chisel handles)
If you are interested in more details and the makes of each chisel there is more info at the source.
Source: Replacement Chisel Handles
-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com