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Forum topic by dpoisson posted 08-24-2012 04:30 PM 1102 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dpoisson

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08-24-2012 04:30 PM

Hi, I purchased 3 used turning chisels from a local guy that stopped wood turning a couple of years ago. They were fairly cheap, so I don’t care too much about the possible loss of tool. I am more concerned about safety issues. The 3/4” skew’s ferrule is completely cracked. Could I simply epoxy it or should I turn a new handle (or not even worry too much about it)?

I’ve sent an email to the guy asking if it happened after a catch or if he simply dropped the tool on the ground…still waiting on an answer.

Cheers,

Fish

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Terry Vaughan

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 08:34 PM

The ferrule is meant to stop the handle splitting. In turning, that is a safety issue, you don’t want the tool coming apart. A severe catch might perhaps cause it to break, though it’s more important with scrapers or bowl gouges that can be subject to leverage forces. I don’t think epoxy would be strong enough. I have seen ferrules made of tightly wound cord or wire, but it’s probably best to make a new handle.

Terry

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shampeon

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 08:54 PM

I say use the other tools to make a new handle. It’ll be good practice. Copper pipe fittings make great ferrules.

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

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#3 posted 08-25-2012 01:47 PM

ShopNotes (vol. 21 issue 123) had an article on building your own Chisel set. They used a brass gas fitting as a ferrule. They used the inside threads plus epoxy to hold the ferrule onto the handle.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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hObOmOnk

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#4 posted 08-25-2012 01:59 PM

Make a new handle.
I use Brass Ferrules or pieces of copper plumbing pipe.
Brass ferrules (Made in USA) can be purchased from Lee Valley.

Blessings.

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dpoisson

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#5 posted 08-27-2012 12:47 AM

Thanks guys for confirming what I already suspected.

Cheers!

Fish

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