Celtic Knot, Easy Wood Tools Lathe Handle

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 04-14-2018 01:40 AM 1465 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For April, the “Project of the Month” at the New Jersey Woodturners, is a project that includes a Celtic knot.

After making 5 other samples, I learned the hard way to make sure you don’t cut the wood all the way though. If not familiar with these, there are plenty of videos on YouTube.

For each cut, leave about 3/16 of an inch of uncut wood on each side. This enables one to just clamp the project “end to end” vs trying to hold three different pieces of wood with multiple clamps and glue that loves to slide them around. Those of you who have made them, may know what I mean. I suggest using a 35’ degree angle on your cuts. Use thin wood, saw kerf thickness is best.

Anyway, this project has 8 pieces vs 4 for the splines, along with the main pieces cut on an angle. I love Easy Wood Tools and have 7 of them. The design of their handle I believe, is the best of the market.

So, heres my project and hopefully we will get many more to choose from as we did this past month, and the March Mallets Madness contest.

This project is a skew chisel with double celtic knots.


April 13, 2018

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 04-14-2018 07:04 AM

Nice work- lot of gluing here!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 04-14-2018 11:57 AM

Color me green with envy.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#3 posted 04-14-2018 01:19 PM

Impressive handle, never tried the celtic knot so can’t visualize cutting almost through, seems to me you would have to cut all the way through to turn and reglue. will do some research

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 04-14-2018 01:27 PM

Bushmaster, check out Stumpy Nubs video, he cuts all the way though. It’s much easier glue up if you instead just cut a really deep think dado with tablesaw or miterbox blade.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 02:01 PM

i know how hard it is to do them i made my first one for knife swap i cut the whole way thru ….didn’t turn out as good …... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 04-14-2018 05:47 PM

Super job, Tony. You are absolutely correct about the cutting procedure. Leaving that tiny sliver keeps the total orientation intact making gluing and clamping so much easier.
I agree 100% about the Easy Wood Tools, too. I seldom use the “traditional” tool any more.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 04-16-2018 12:12 AM

Looks great!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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