Shopmade Luthier Tools #14: 2 chisels rehandled

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-09-2017 02:24 AM 1460 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had two chisels without handles. The flatter one is from of old. It was from my dad’s stuff. It’s purpose when I was growing up was to pry open the old ‘extra’ refrigerator we had in the basement. The handle of the fridge had broken somewhere in my pre-history. The handle on the chisel was clear yellow plastic. The plastic broke some years ago when I was using the chisel to do chisel stuff. Surprise! It lived for some time in one of my tool boxes, handleless. On the blade I can make out the brand ‘Pioneer’ but a Google search does not reveal a similar chisel anywhere.

The larger one is from a set of Durex brand that I got soon after getting married. It’s handle snapped off in use one day. The others from the set are still intact. I wonder if I have the right to replace the plastic handles so that they all match?

The handles that I put on these were some sort of square spindle with a tenon on each end. I cut the piece in half make two nice sized handles. The tenon is just a tiny bit oversize for the copper ferrules, but that gives then a good tight fit. Easy peasy job as they say. I did lightly sand the new handles and then treated them with the standard boiled linseed oil. They look a bit antiquey, but ‘ll sharpen them up. One is a 1 inch chisel, the other 1/2 inch. It has a nick in it.

These aren’t meant to be hammered on and I’m likely only to be paring with them in lutherie.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 01-10-2017 05:41 PM

Nice, I love giving old beat up tools a new life!

-- makeBrooklyn - Jim, Brooklyn, NY #handtools

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 08:32 PM

Nice, I love giving old beat up tools a new life!

- makeBrooklyn

Sometimes I really miss having an antique store near me that had tools. The nearest one around is a bit out of my way. I put off making handles for these for quite some time because I thought it would be hard to do.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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