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Project by recycle1943 posted 08-22-2020 12:55 PM 598 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A young friend works for a local butcher shop as a meat cutter and brought me his spare steel complaining about the small plastic handle.
Shaun, I am not a lathe operator and the best I can do is screw up your steel. OK, he said – screw it up, I’ll get another one.
I started by ripping a hunk of walnut and then cross cutting a slot in both pieces to accept the metric nut and glued them back together. Then Found center and drilled with a metric forstner bit a hole to accept the threaded end of the steel.
I already knew that the ferrell was not going to be reused and he wanted me to drill and install a brass coin that he supplied for the finger guard so I left as much stock as I thought looked pleasing and felt right.
On my second try I managed to come up with a somewhat suitable handle.
Picture 2 shows the slot for the nut that Ifilled with a walnut plug that was cut to fit. Picture 4 & 5 show the plug end that was cut to fit the nut to hold it in place so as not to turn as the steel was screwed in.
I used clear Gorilla glue to set the plugs and in doing so it also pretty much locked the nut. The walnut was glued together with TB111 and the finish is straight mineral oil.
I am still not a turner but I did enjoy this project and will most likely make some more chips fly.

Again, thatnks for looking and please comments and advise will be taken as given.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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grovemadman

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#1 posted 08-22-2020 01:22 PM

If it works then that all that matters. Sometimes re-purposing a tool is as important as the work it provides for. Good job!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#2 posted 08-22-2020 01:28 PM

I can only say you may not be a turner but you did a heck of a job on it. I like the way the coin acts as a guard. Nice work Dick.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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oldrivers

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#3 posted 08-22-2020 04:09 PM

Should make for happy Butcher, good job

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 08-22-2020 04:15 PM

grovemadman
doubleDD
oldrivers

Thanks Guys – I’m starting to understand why the turners are always turning – it’s fun

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 08-22-2020 05:12 PM

Very nice, Dick..that gives the steel some class!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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Oldtool

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#6 posted 08-22-2020 06:17 PM

Allrighty then, nice work, especially since you’ve mentioned being very leery of using a lathe. Wasn’t so bad was it, sounds like you had some fun.
Like doubledd, I like the coin guard, great personal touch to a tool.

So, what’s your next big lathe project?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 08-22-2020 08:25 PM



Very nice, Dick..that gives the steel some class!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim – I’m steel waiting for him to pick it, anxious for his reaction

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#8 posted 08-22-2020 08:28 PM



Allrighty then, nice work, especially since you ve mentioned being very leery of using a lathe. Wasn t so bad was it, sounds like you had some fun.
Like doubledd, I like the coin guard, great personal touch to a tool.

So, what s your next big lathe project?

- Oldtool

You are absolutely correct – it wasn’t so bad. I really should take a beginners course in turning just so I’ll know when I’m about to hurt myself

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 08-22-2020 09:41 PM

Oh yes excellent work Dick.

Now I hope you got him to give at a good test run around in the kitchen and workshop before leaving.
Also I hope you didn’t drill a hole straight through Donald’s head?

I had a small lathe never used it for turning just as a horizontal boring machine, didn’t use it much, didn’t know what to do with it so I took it to Anthony’s farm and stashed it in his big shed, tee hee, I am suspecting he may do a scrap metal run when he returns !! (Possibly thinking I don’t remember having that in Hong Kong?)

I have no intention to ever do turning when I was at High school I tryed to turn table legs for Mum, in my attempt one flew out of the lathe and hit me on the head, plus they make too much mess I have seen you sanding!!!

-- Regards Rob

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 08-22-2020 10:53 PM



Oh yes excellent work Dick.

Now I hope you got him to give at a good test run around in the kitchen and workshop before leaving.
Also I hope you didn t drill a hole straight through Donald s head?

I had a small lathe never used it for turning just as a horizontal boring machine, didn t use it much, didn t know what to do with it so I took it to Anthony s farm and stashed it in his big shed, tee hee, I am suspecting he may do a scrap metal run when he returns !! (Possibly thinking I don t remember having that in Hong Kong?)

I have no intention to ever do turning when I was at High school I tryed to turn table legs for Mum, in my attempt one flew out of the lathe and hit me on the head, plus they make too much mess I have seen you sanding!!!

- robscastle

Thanks Rob
Yep, I had a couple pieces fly out – fortunately not at me. When Anthony get’s there we may see some new turnings form his shed.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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crowie

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#11 posted 08-23-2020 04:38 AM

What’s the timber in that beautiful handle please Dick?

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#12 posted 08-23-2020 04:56 AM

Very nice work! The plastic handles really do suck. Especially if someone borrows yours and leaves pig fat all over the handle. I doubt he will be letting anyone use this one. That brass coin really makes it one of a kind.

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 08-23-2020 10:28 AM


What’s the timber in that beautiful handle please Dick?

- crowie

HI crowie – I used walnut and then soaked in mineral oil

sansoo22 – Thanks, he works in a small shop and pretty sure the handle will get noticed

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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crowie

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#14 posted 08-23-2020 10:34 AM

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What’s the timber in that beautiful handle please Dick?

- crowie

I used walnut and then soaked in mineral oil

- recycle1943

Thank you Dick,
I wish walnut was cheaper and more readily available in Australia; it’s a beautiful timber and so good to work with!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Sasha

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#15 posted 08-23-2020 12:03 PM

We call this instrument – musat. Good job. Excellent memory of myself ….. The old horse does not spoil the furrow (proverb)

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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