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Forum topic by Kreegan posted 05-09-2013 04:57 PM 2386 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2013 04:57 PM

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Hey all,

I just finished turning a new handle for a Hosaluk style ferrule that a machinist friend made me and that got me thinking about handle shape for lathe chisels. I tend to like shapes like these:

Basically they have 2 distinct areas for me to grip them, upper and lower with a hump in between. I was inspired by the handles for Easy Wood Tools. What kind of shape do you put on your custom lathe chisel handles?

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#1 posted 05-09-2013 06:25 PM

I like the feel of the Easy Wood Tools handles. Haven’t turned any of my own yet, but that’s what I intend to make with some of the paduak I bought at the woodworking show this year.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 03:48 PM

I just turned my first handles too…

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#3 posted 05-10-2013 05:02 PM

This is the handle I turned for my depth drill. It is styled after the EWT handles. It is very comfortable and the tool works well, but if I made another I would make it a little slimmer, more like a Sorby.

The drill bit is a 3/8th by 18 inch Irwin from Home Depot, and I used some copper pipe for the ferule. The wood is hard maple.

-- Stuart

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#4 posted 05-10-2013 05:11 PM

I like both of those styles of handles. Yours is more of what I’d consider a traditional lathe chisel handle, Stuart. I have several shaped like that. What wood is that TBone?

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