Reconditioned chisels, need suggestions for new handles

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Forum topic by Michigander posted 03-04-2013 07:52 PM 1759 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2013 07:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chisels chisel handles chisel sharpening

Awhile ago I posted a question on how to sharpen a set of abused chisels that I enherited. I chose to go the scary sharp method and use sandpaper with a Veritas MK II honing guide. After quite a workout, I am nearing the end and have reclaimed these old war horses from the scrap heap. Now I’d like to get some new wood handles for the ones that are damaged or missing. Unfortunately, I haven’t found anyone selling handles. Do you have any suggestions on where to get a few handles for these chisels?

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 07:56 PM

Looks like a great set of vintage chisels there. Id suggest trying to swap for some handles with another LJ. Im latheless so i couldnt turn any handles for myself but i did manage to pick up some tools around my way that i used to swap for some custom turned handles. They really dont take up much lumber so i dont think youd have to pony up too much.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 08:39 PM

Have you got a drill press? I have a lathe but sometimes I put a spur drive center into the morse taper of my drill press and a live center into a block of wood clamped to the table and use it as a mini lathe mostly for sanding but I am sure you could make some simple handles this way.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 09:04 PM

I can’t be sure – but the forth one over from the left looks like a Stanley Everlasting

The metal striking cap on the everlasting chisel is actually an extension of the tang – I haven’t heard of any easy way to replace the handle on these…


PS. If this is an everlasting, I am interesting in purchasing it – I am looking to fill in a set.

-- Andrew

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 10:15 PM

Schnabel, you are right, the 4th one is a Stanley Everlasting. It has makinings that have a patent number on the taper just like the illustration #6 in the web page you referenced. Sorry I don’t plan to sell these chiseld but thanks for the offer. As for new handles, I just want new functional handles that don’t look like broken off sticks. The stanley handle is OK, but all the rest are bretty beat up. I suppose the Stanley is in good shape because of the design of the tang. I can see why you might want a complete set!

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#5 posted 03-04-2013 11:05 PM

Check with a local wood turning club. I’m sure someone would be interested in making some handles for you.
If that doesn’t work out let me know. I’m not that far away and have a lathe. I’m no turning pro but we could have some fun making wood chips fly and end up with something functional.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#6 posted 03-04-2013 11:13 PM

You can also use a drawknife and a spokeshave then rasps and files if you need them to shape new handles, especially if you don’t care about perfect you can just accept the best results you can do. There’s plenty of online sources for how to do it. No need for a lathe for such a small number of handles. A lathe or most any power tool is really for mass production. Of course, of you don’t have a drawknife and spokeshave and don’t care to, then contacting a local turner is a great option.

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#7 posted 03-05-2013 02:34 AM

I have a large supply of maple given to me by Bearpaw, would be happy to make these for you. Nothing like bringing new life to old tools. Send me an email.


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#8 posted 03-05-2013 07:20 PM

Thanks guys for the input I really appreciate it. Michael, I’ll send you an email about your nice offer.
Thanks, Michigander

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