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ColonelTravis

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16 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: chisel handle no lathe

No lathe now, and I see a latheless future. But I need a few chisel handles. First time I’ve tried this and the result for Test #1 wasn’t too bad – kinda boring design, plenty of flaws and room for improvement. Principle struggle was getting the tapering even all around, which almost happened but didn’t – any tips for that?

What I’m working with:


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JAAune

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#1 posted 16 days ago

I like the tapered octagon. Start with square stock then plane the corners but taper from the back, down to the ferrule. They look a little like Two Cherries but have a stronger taper.

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Pendragon1998

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#2 posted 16 days ago

For a few pieces, perhaps this would work:

Building a Hand Drill Lathe (How To)
https://youtu.be/pTArvTJt5eI

Building a Horizontal Power Drill Mount
https://youtu.be/nhPtQwyXI_8

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 16 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/BigRedKnothead/blog/39633

Mr. Rojo has a cool blog on making handles without

a lathe.

HTH

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ColonelTravis

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#4 posted 16 days ago

Totally ignorant of Red’s tutorial, thanks. Forgot to mention – no drill press. I do have a drill and could go the makeshift route, which is funny because all I’ve been doing lately is making things so I can make things that make things. What’s one more level!

Don’t anticipate much turning in my life, maybe it’s time for some 20% Harbor Freight action. But a drill press will be more versatile and probably a smarter buy.

But I thank everyone for the input.

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Tim

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#5 posted 15 days ago

Here's an article by Don McConnell about making traditional octagonal handles.

Here’s another with some discussion and some more links:
http://www.timberframe-tools.com/tools/replacement-chisel-handles/

It’s a no lathe, no drill press option.

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ColonelTravis

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#6 posted 15 days ago

Tim – excellent, thanks. The octagon part is easy, the tapering had me stumped.

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#7 posted 15 days ago

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ColonelTravis

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#8 posted 15 days ago

I really enjoy the wkfinetools site. Lots of great information over there written by normal people like the guy who did that jig, which I had totally missed even though I had skimmed (key word) through his page of links:

Whathahellyawantapictureofmyfacefor? I got handles to make!

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#9 posted 14 days ago

I picked up a Harbor Freight 8 X 12 inch bench top lathe a few weeks ago for about $100.00 new from the store just for turning handles. This is a good lathe tho a bit under-powered. I had sold my big lathe some time ago because I used it too little and because it took up space I could use better.

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bigblockyeti

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#10 posted 14 days ago

Is there any way you could chuck up the handle in a drill? Maybe with a bolt or screw in the end opposite where you’re trying to create the taper? If you could, you can use a disc or belt sander to form the taper.

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 14 days ago

It would not be difficult to build a small lathe that would be adequate to turn projects such as tool handles and furniture knobs, box feet and so forth. However, you can probably find a used small lathe on the market for under a hundred bucks that originally cost as much as 3 times that. A lot of people buy lathes and only use them a few times before they loose interest and then they just sit there and gather dust. If you want to do a little turning I would keep my eyes open and one will show up before you know it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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