Trying to source hickory in the dimensions I need for a turning blank were more difficult than I anticipated. I looked in to bat billets but found them extremely expensive. I even looked into large hand tool handles, like sledge hammers and such. I could have made them work but there would be very small waste margin and seemed like more work than it was worth. I found 8/4 hickory dowels online but minimum orders and shipping were out of the question.
I knew the best thing would be to just go to the hardwood store and handpick some clear straight grained material.
I decided to get just a little more than I needed for this project. You know, just in case I made a mistake and had to start over;) I would have felt bad for them to just drop 20” or so of this board for lil old me. I think I have tool handle material for life now.
I’ve never worked hickory before, so after just band sawing a blank out, now was a good time to try. With the 18” blank in the vise, I planed away to 4s4. It definitely lives up to its reputation, good times though.
I glued the handle back together to get some accurate layout dimensions. With the blank chucked up I began to turn to round and rough out the hardware recess.
I’m not sure what these lines turned into the bottom were for but I copied them anyway. They might be layout lines for the bolt holes as one of them is at the outer edge to one of the holes. Just some quick touch offs with my pocket knife did the trick.
I had an idea to put the handle in my Panavise and clamped it to the lathe bed. This way I can always see where I’m at by eying the curvatures over the horizon.
I think I will stop now for another entry on getting the curves going to finishing this project up.
Thanks for reading, back again soon.
-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.