White oak for plane tote or tool handles?

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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 03-09-2012 08:16 PM 2815 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2012 08:16 PM

I have some leftover quarter sawn white oak hardwood flooring that we salvaged from a job that I was thinking about making some tool handles out of. Is there any reason white quarter sawn white oak wouldn’t be a good choice for say a plane tote or saw handle or other tool handle? You see everything from American Cherry to Bubinga and even hickory and mesquite, but I rarely see white oak being used. Does anyone have any pics of white oak handled tools?

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#1 posted 03-09-2012 08:22 PM

No reason why not. Go for it.


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#2 posted 03-09-2012 08:24 PM

I have 3 shop made planes made out of white oak. Not really handles, but close.

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 08:34 PM

White oak should be fine,enjoy.

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 08:35 PM

It seems like a very durable, stable, and pretty wood. I like white oak grain better than red oak. And it’s free, so seems to make sense that would make some good tool handles and maybe some other little pieces. Problem is by the time they are milled down into usable pieces, they only leave me with 1/2-5/8” thick 2” wide by multiple lengths up to 8’ long, but to make anything substantial, it’s going to require quite a few glue ups. I was going to use about 40 of the 8’ long pieces to make a my workbench top out of, but the thought of milling 40 thin strips down and gluing them all up to only end up with a 2” thick workbench seemed liked a hell of a lot of work. I still may do it one day if I get bored but for now, some of the smaller pieces I’m going to use to make some shop accessories like bench hooks and shooting boards and what not. Maybe some winding sticks and straight edges.

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 09:26 PM

Most Japanese planes seem to be made entirely of their local variety of white oak. Their particular traditions of woodworking have done amazing things, like the countless buildings that are hundreds of years old that are still standing. I figure if it’s good enough for them…

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#6 posted 03-10-2012 03:55 AM

I think it would make a great tote! Then use your plane to flatten your new bench top :).

-- Ben

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