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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 553 days ago 616 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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553 days ago

Morning Jocks!
I would like to know where you can get the metal bushings for lathe chisel handles. I want to turn my own handles and make them thicker so my arthritic right hand can hold them easier with less fatigue.

I can’t seem to find parts though. I can find chisels without handles all day, but no bushings to fit them up in the handle.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 553 days ago

What do you mean by ‘bushings’? If you mean the ‘ferrule’, the metal part that goes around the base of the handle to keep the wood from splitting, an easy approach is to cut off slices of copper pipe in the diameter you want to use, and fit them over a tenon turned to the end of the handle.

There is an article on Doug Thompson’s site on how to make handles. It describes use of brass nuts to make ferrules too, as well as some options for ones you can buy.

Hope this helps,


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#2 posted 553 days ago

Some one gets brass or bronze tubing from the big box store and
makes his own.

I forget his name to give credit to, but the results were professional

The plumbing section has compression fittings and other items that
would work well.

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#3 posted 553 days ago

You can buy ferrules from Craft Supplies or Packard Woodworks just check sites for sizes & prices.

I just use copper tubing couplings cut in half. Tubing cutter makes life easier than hacksaw.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 553 days ago

I use 1” copper pipe from the big box store.

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#5 posted 553 days ago

I can do copper. I guess I should get some and make the handle to fit it. Thanks guys.

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#6 posted 553 days ago

+1 on copper tubing from the hardware store, comes in a variety of sizes (1/2, 3/4, etc)

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#7 posted 553 days ago

Depending on the size – bigger brass air tool connectors and plumbing fittings. Brass turns like wood with wood turning tools on a lathe. Put it on, chuck it up, turn the threads off, and sand it smooth.


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#8 posted 553 days ago

I just posted one I did that I used a copper plumbing cap instead of tubing. Simply take the cap and drill a hole the size you need centered in the end then glue in place. I rough up the inside to help the glue hold.

-- Tommy,

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#9 posted 553 days ago

You can just google it, there are suppliers out there. LV has them, ebay usually has a seller or two with them.

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