So in the beginning when I was making my own tools I had to make handles so I also posted a build thread or how to on that to show people how they could make their own handles out of whatever hard wood they had on hand. I used a piece of walnut that I was going to use for a bowl or platter but it cracked when it dried so I made tool handles with it instead. I used 1” copper pipe for the ferrules and epoxied them on. I showed how I measured the ferrule and sized the wood for a snug fit.
The 22” slab of walnut.
The rough turned handle blank. I chuck one end in my nova chuck so that I can remove the tail stock and drill the hole and fit the ferule as needed. and replace the tail stock and remain centered.
Measuring the copper pipe ferrule
Sizing the handle for the ferrule
A shape that I like, I like them thick around the tool shank for strength and mass to cancel some vibes. But that’s just my preference. I have seen folks make some pretty cool handles for the tools they buy from me.
The ferrule epoxied in place and polished up on the lathe.
A poly finish on the handle.
Trimmed to the end of the ferrule. And the tool epoxied in place.
1 tool done for me and one tool un handled for a friend.
This is where my journey began. I found that I liked making my own tools and handles. It was fun, and people saw my hand made tools and started asking me for them. I was honored to make them for them.
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