Pistachio Handles

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-08-2014 04:42 PM 4801 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the need for a couple of handles and I had just enough pistachio wood to make them out of.
One is a replacement for the short one on my core drill that I use to drill out a bowl and set the depth.
The other one is for my new mini-bedan (5/32” wide). This one could have been a little longer but I was out of wood. I need the bedan for an upcoming project. It will be light cuts so it should be okay. The bedan is made from a 3/8 square steel bar with a 3/16 hardened tool bit welded in so it is flush on the bottom .

The drill handle is clear lacquered and the bedan handle is finished with EEE and Shellawax in the lathe. Both have brass ferrules from one plumbing fitting.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-08-2014 05:59 PM

Wow….those are nice Jim. Fine job as always sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 08-08-2014 06:36 PM

Classy looking—those are really nice! I know you’ll enjoy using those every time you pick them up.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 08-08-2014 06:54 PM

Both real nice Jim. Those handles are beautiful. Your coring bit is nice with the stop. My coring bit has a piece of tape to mark the depth and a vise grip for a handle. Not very elegant like yours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 06:54 PM

Very nice Jim.
Dang you do nice work. My home made handles are just square – I need to up my game.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 08-08-2014 08:34 PM

I really like the shapes you chose and the grain pattern in the wood. Nice job.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 08-08-2014 10:26 PM

They look like they would sit just nicely in the hand Jim, I like to make all my own handles to, that way you get exactly what suits you :)
cheers mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 08-08-2014 10:28 PM

All you need to do now is laminate some purple heart or yellow heart in there and the will look as good as my lamps LOL LOL

-- If'n I had knowed retirement was this good I'd a dun it sooner

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#9 posted 08-08-2014 10:57 PM

Beautifully turned, Jim! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 08-09-2014 03:52 AM

Very nice Jim, can’t beat handles made to measure. Well done, nice wood and finish,

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#11 posted 08-09-2014 05:25 AM

Very appealing to the eye and very practical in shape. They look so comfortable for the hand grip.

Jim that Pistachio Wood is beautiful and has a nice finish. Funny thing I must mention, I have a bowl of Pistachio Nuts in their Shell on the Kitchen Table….....but I have never seen Pistachio wood….....come to think of it I will have a feed of those Pistachio Nuts this evening.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#12 posted 08-09-2014 05:52 AM

That is sure some nice turning, great work.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#13 posted 08-09-2014 12:36 PM

There is nothing that feels better then a handle that one makes himself as we all have preferences as to size and shape .

-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 08-09-2014 06:22 PM

Beautiful handles … Nice job Jim

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#15 posted 08-10-2014 12:15 AM

Thank you all for all the nice comments! This was not much of a project but I have been away from the shop while I have finish drying in there on a table.

Hi Mike. I know why you have a vice grip on your core drill!! I always use a leather glove when using mine. At first I didn’t and got the biggest burn in the palm of my hand when it caught. I guess the leather glove is like a clutch that you can let slip when t starts to bind!!

Hi Cliff. I had looked for pistachio wood for three years and found it in 2013 in Casa Grande, Az.
Do pistachios grow in Australia? If so, find out where and see what they do with their trees when pruning or thinning old ones

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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