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DrTebi

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02-01-2016 08:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: turning chisel

Hello,

as the topic states, I am wondering if anyone knows how to make a leather-capped chisel handle. I googled a bit, but nothing came up.

I assume the leather itself doesn’t improve the handle too much… but just for aesthetics, and for the challenge, I’d like to know and try it…

Here a pic of what I am talking about:


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#1 posted 02-01-2016 12:19 PM

Article tells you what type leather he likes to use, but have to join to learn how;

https://360woodworking.com/leather-for-chisel-handles/

This article might give more info. http://www.wkfinetools.com/trestore/chisel/chiselHandles-LeatherWash/leatherWHandle1.asp

Good luck with it,

-- Bill

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#2 posted 02-01-2016 06:05 PM

Thanks!
I actually found the 360 article after posting, but didn’t feel the need to sign up for one article…

The other article explains everything quite well. I had no idea you could even turn the leather (as in shaping it with gauges once the leather is glued on). It really doesn’t look too difficult; if I can find some nice thick leather somewhere, I will put this on the top of my experimental list of woodworking projects ;)

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 10:24 PM

I was reading this thread and followed the link provided by Wildwood. The WK Fine Tools site is very interesting. I will be spending hours there reading.

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 10:44 PM

Clamp a bunch of leather together with Titebond III and you can make a mallet out of it.

Assuming you have a lathe, I’d turn a tenon and add some leather with a bunch of glue and
then turn to your liking.

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#5 posted 02-01-2016 11:11 PM

I have a cobbler by me that I bought shoe sole leather from, it is about 3/16-1/4” thick and hard, I put on one face of my wooden maple mallets, hit my ash topped work bench top with the leather side off set a bit, it dented the ash.

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#6 posted 02-02-2016 12:15 AM

The leather actually does serve a function. It prevents the end from splitting or mushrooming from mallet/hammer blows.

This set of pics will point you in the right direction, maybe. I didn’t turn the rest of the handle because it was for a pig-sticker mortise chisel.




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#7 posted 02-02-2016 03:28 AM

More great stuff, thanks for sharing!

I am awaiting a couple of new (old) Greenlee chisels, of which at least one needs a new handle.

Is there any particular preference for the wood of a handle? I made a small awl out of ebony, which turned out really nice, but it’s not getting hit by a hammer…

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#8 posted 02-02-2016 03:45 AM

Are they socket chisels or tanged chisels?

I probably wouldn’t use anything as hard (or expensive) as ebony for a chisel handle. Any decently hard hardwood that doesn’t split easily will do. The handle above is cherry, which is somewhat soft, hence the leather washers.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#9 posted 02-02-2016 09:31 AM



Are they socket chisels or tanged chisels?

I probably wouldn t use anything as hard (or expensive) as ebony for a chisel handle. Any decently hard hardwood that doesn t split easily will do. The handle above is cherry, which is somewhat soft, hence the leather washers.

- shampeon


Those are socket chisels. I just don’t have much hardwood at hand, other than those exotic turning blanks and some oak… I think bubinga is one of those turning blanks. I don’t really have another use for it at the moment, so I could sacrifice that. And, I suppose, with a socket chisel the splitting issue is rather low, right?

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#10 posted 02-02-2016 05:52 PM

Yeah, splitting isn’t as much of an issue with socket chisels. Bubinga is beautiful, but I really think you’re better off saving it for something more special. Look for a PM from me about some blanks.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#11 posted 02-02-2016 06:11 PM

Photobucket not cooperating. Couldn’t pull up finished pics. I have a system I use that works well. Feel free to pm any questions if you have any.

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#12 posted 02-03-2016 03:00 AM

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 02-03-2016 04:31 AM

Came across this video on making leather capped handles while doing a search for something else. Like all aspects of this trade, there’s different means to achieve the same objective.

https://youtu.be/C-LOLmSzwlw

PS If anyone knows how to embed the video, please do. I can’t seem to figure out how to do it.

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#14 posted 02-03-2016 05:10 AM

that was a very inspiring video for sure.

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#15 posted 02-03-2016 06:52 AM

Fridge, very nice work on those handles Man! I have to try that…

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