Replacement chisel handle

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Project by Brenton posted 12-04-2008 12:57 AM 3694 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Perry (my 7 year old son) and I made this replacement handle for an old chisel he found without a handle in the junkyard….......(garage)
We laminated scraps of white oak and mahogany. The brass ferrule is made from an old piece of 3/4” brass pipe.
We turned the wood to rough shape, hammered the pipe on the end, and then spun the lathe at 1700 rpm
while we shaped the brass and wood together with a metal file. Turned the speed up to 3000 rpm, a little sandpaper, and it didn’t turn out too bad.
We had a good time. Better than video games.

-- Here I post the good, for the rest has become firewood.

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#1 posted 12-04-2008 01:12 AM

Very nice looking handle. I’d almost be afraid to whack it, even with the hoop on the end ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 12-04-2008 02:57 AM

Great project to share with your son. Turned out terrific.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 12-04-2008 03:38 AM

Very beautiful chisel handle. I’m sure you were having fun tuning up the chisel too.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 12-04-2008 03:50 AM

Yep, you can imagine what the steel looked like after being abandoned for years in the unheated garage.
rusty pitted dinged dirty ugly ugly ugly.

I showed Perry how to lap the pits out (they weren’t too deep) on a surface plate with some emery paper.
I think we burned up three or four hours just on that. Then we had the sharpening lesson and the obligatory shaving of the arm hair test. Then he immediately wanted to “chisel wood”. So we did.

-- Here I post the good, for the rest has become firewood.

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#5 posted 12-04-2008 04:18 AM

What a great way for a father-son play day that he’ll never forget. Good job on bringing that chisel back to life.

-- Gary D.

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#6 posted 12-05-2008 08:06 PM

The rusty pitted dinged dirty ugly ugly ugly chisle is now a happy chesel with a new young friend.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#7 posted 12-06-2008 09:02 PM

A very nice handle and a good finish. What is the idea in fixing the brass ferrule at the far end of the handle?

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 12-06-2008 10:42 PM

What a great father-son project. It turned out beautiful, and you don’t have to hang it on the refrigerator.

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#9 posted 12-07-2008 12:34 AM

In response to Sharad’s question.

A ferrule (a corruption of Latin viriola “small bracelet,” under the influence of ferrum “iron.”) is a name for types of metal objects, generally used for fastening, joining, or reinforcement. They are often narrow circular rings of metal, or less commonly, plastic.

That’s the Wikipedia definition. I think it fits.

I have some Sorby chisels that have a similar brass ring at the top and some older Swans Underhills and Witherbys that have steel rings. The purpose is to limit the “mushrooming” and/or splitting under heavy mallet use. In reality this one probably won’t get whacked that hard, but the brass looks cool.

-- Here I post the good, for the rest has become firewood.

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