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12-10-2015 10:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: narex ferrules repair handle chisel crack cracked

The ferrules on all my Narex chisels cracked and need to be replaced. Has anybody attempted this on Narex chisels before? If so, what tips or tricks would you recommend to successfully accomplish this task?

Is the tang epoxied into the handle?

What trick has been successful in removing the chisel from the handle?

Where would I find tapered ferrules to match the ones that are breaking? I’ve been searching Google for about 2 days now and have yet to find what I need for a decent price.

If I can’t find matching ferrules, how do I make a tapered ferrule?

I’m not interested in returning the chisels, I contacted Narex and Amazon and they refunded my money. Narex customer support is very good and Narex completly stands by their products, just in case anyone was interested.

Now I have four chisels that I need to repair. Awesome chisels, just need to fix the handles.

Thanks


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#1 posted 12-11-2015 01:03 AM

What did Narex customer service say when you asked them?

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 04:05 AM

They had a supplyer that provided them with defective ferrules. They gave me a contact to re-order the chisels with the new ferrules on them. Amazon refunded the money and told me to keep the chisels. Figured if I fix these, then maybe I can spend the refunded money on mortise or paring chisels.

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#3 posted 12-11-2015 04:15 AM

I had one of mine fall out of hamndle some time back. Tang wasn’t epoxied in. I popped it back in and it hasn’t been an issue since. I have never made handles myself but from what I have researched it shouldnt be too hard to find some copper or bronze plumbing fittings to fit or make fit to use as replacement ferrules.

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#4 posted 12-11-2015 04:18 AM

If you have a lathe you could make new handles, ferrules can be made with copper pipe. Looking at the picture from Amazon some have ferrules at the top and bottom, which kind did you get?

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#5 posted 12-11-2015 04:40 AM

Horn beam handles with the ones at the bottom.

I like the handles and would like to keep them. Just hoping I can get them off in one piece.

I’ve been reading on using pipe fittings for ferrules, the only problem is the current ferrules are tapered not square. I’d like to find tapered ferrules to minimize the work on filing the tenons square.

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#6 posted 12-11-2015 04:48 AM

Few years ago Michigander sent me an old set he had that were in bad need of new handles. This is what I made for him. Used maple and purpleheart. Try this post link

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#7 posted 12-11-2015 10:28 PM

Awesome job! If I had a lathe I probably wouldn’t be so concerned about damaging the handles on my chisels.

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#8 posted 12-11-2015 10:42 PM

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I was looking at photos of the wrong Narex chisels and couldn’t figure out why you said the ferrules were tapered. Then I found the right chisels online.

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#9 posted 12-12-2015 02:32 AM

Perhaps if I post a picture of what I’m dealing eith it m8ght help.

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#10 posted 12-12-2015 05:15 AM

I am guessing they will break when you try to pry them back.

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#11 posted 12-12-2015 05:49 PM

Yeah, I agree that you might have to break them to get them off to add replacement tapered ferrules. woodbutcherbynight’s handles (which look fantastic) are for socket chisels, and your Narex ones have tangs.

I don’t really have any good ideas on your best bet if you don’t want to risk removing the handles. A tight wrap of thin twine or wire? If it were me, I’d try to remove them but have no expectation that the handles would survive. Making new handles is fun, and you don’t necessarily need a lathe.
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#12 posted 01-11-2016 04:01 AM

Took some time to think about a solution and was quite surprised by the results. I took the frog from my old Stanley Bailey #5 and created a big “pencil sharpener” to shave down the ferrule end of the handle square. Once I did this, I cut down a copper plumbing 3/4” to 1/2” reducer to use as the new ferrule. Used a little epoxy to help set the ferrule and, in my opinion, its better than new.

I removed the handle by clamping the chisel end in my vise and then used a dowel rod and rubber mallet to remove the handle from the chisel. Came off in a couple good whacks, just had to readjust the chisel in the vise after each whack. Removed the cracked ferrule with a nail set and a pair of needle nose plyers.

I had more photos but accidentally deleted them off my phone when trying to reduce their size for uploading onto Lumberjocks. I have two more chisels to fix so hopefully I can get those photos uploaded in the next few weeks

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#13 posted 01-11-2016 04:07 AM

Nice solution to the problem.

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#14 posted 01-11-2016 04:13 AM

Nice work

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#15 posted 01-11-2016 04:27 AM

Good thinking! I’m glad removing the handles worked.

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