Another spiral tool handle

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Project by hairy posted 01-30-2010 05:35 AM 3559 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Becoming a woodturner has been referred to as falling into the vortex. Now I get it. I thought it was the money required. I like turning tool handles, as well as other things that get a lot of use.

Rough turn a cylinder. I used vernier calipers to get the inside dimension of a brass tubing nut.Superglue it on.

The nut can be turned down with a parting tool, or use a file.

Once the handle is turned to shape, I marked out the spiral. Basically lay out a checkerboard, and draw a line from corner to corner of each block.

I have read in books how to layout your design, but here’s where I really learned how. Thanks Charles.

I use a hacksaw blade to define the spiral. After that, it’s rasping, filing and sanding. My carving is real bad, but I’m working on it.

I have a 1/8” hole bored in it, it will probably get a hand skew chisel put in, after I grind an old chisel into a skew.

The handle is 6” long, 1 & 1/2” thick at the end. Walnut with Behlen’s finish. This one took about 2 hours.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 05:44 AM

Good explanation of the process. Well done.

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 05:46 AM

Mighty nice. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 05:50 AM

Great looking handle. Excellent succinct explanation on how to do this. The instructions I’ve seen in the past make spirals look scary hard. Now I’m going to give it a try. Thanks!

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 05:53 AM

Looking good! Wish ii could figure out a handle for my lead dipper that wouldn’t burn loose ;-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 06:09 AM

Very nice handle . : ) Thank you for all of the how-to details !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 06:36 AM

Nice tool handle – and thank you very much for the YouTube link on making finals..

Thank you for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 07:56 AM

Thats a great handle and the video is good
They use the same theory for open barley twist buy the cutting is deeper and the carving more extensive
thats a great handle and a good idea for the brass nut I just use off cuts from old copper plumbing but the threads wold hold way better

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#8 posted 02-01-2010 02:04 PM

Hairy, I’m really interested in turning the nut down. Send me a private message explaining more on the how to, please.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#9 posted 02-25-2010 05:04 PM

That looks great! Wouldn’t you want the tool handle spiral to spiral the other way, to prevent slippage?

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#10 posted 02-25-2010 06:45 PM

That hasn’t happened yet,Jon. The butt end of the handle keeps my hand from sliding down. The spirals are maybe 3/16” thick.

I’m glad you like it. Give it a try, it’s a lot of fun.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#11 posted 07-05-2014 03:52 AM

Very cool and different.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Quicksilver

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