OCD'ing with my new Excelsior Lathe

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Well, I saw the lathe in the Rockler add and couldn’t pass it up. I didn’t have a wood lathe and didn’t know whether I would like it or not….Well, I do. Should have known, like I need another hobby. I’ve been coilecting socket handle chisels of late too. Well, the two just go hand in hand. I’ve managed to turn quite a few chisel handles since I picked it up last week. The wood is from our scrap pile where I work, large 3×3’s used for sheetmetal skids. I’ve found some good wood there. plenty of oak, Cherry, some maple, a really nice piece of curly maple, ash, an occasional piece of walnut. I think I did ok on the handles…they fit my chisels at least. The finish is a mixture of Beeswax, BLO and Turpentine…I really like the smell and it gives it a nice smooth feeling to boot. I’m not so good getting consistent diameters. I don’t have the feel for how much I’m taking off yet, but I’m sure it will come with practice. Not sure how best to terminate the end of them yet. I just have a spur center and a live center.

So, do you think these are worth anything on Ebay? I’ve thought about trying to sell some of them to support my habits.

Thanks for looking

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 03:17 PM

Awesome job on your handles, they look great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 03:28 PM

Your handles look wonderful.
I love that they are different, then you will also know them by looks.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 05:23 PM

Your workplace uses tiger maple for sheet metal skids? whew. Your handles look great. The only thing I’d suggest is, if selling them, cut the tapers a little oversized and mention it on the listing, so people can sand them down to adjust the fit in their socket chisels. Make some with 3/8” ferrules, too, so people can buy them for carving chisels, and of course, 14-18” for turning tools. They’re beautiful.


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#4 posted 12-06-2010 05:28 PM

Those look great. I especially like the look of the curly maple. I really like the pattern 5th from the left. Looks very comfortable, once you round over the end a bit.

I am with you on the consistent diameters and terminating the ends. I struggle with that myself. I used a file on some of mind to round them over a little more.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 08:29 PM

Nice turning on those handles. Now that you have a lathe, you’ll be hooked for life. Enjoy turning and thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 02:07 AM

Great job on the handles. Yes you have begun the slippery slide down the turning slope. Congrats and welcome! haha

I too have found a LOT of good wood from pallets. Just got to keep an eye out for the prime stuff(curly maple and walnut etc….)

Keep up the great work and enjoy all the versatility of the lathe.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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