Turned Chisel Handles from African Mahogany

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Project by Gerald Etto posted 10-28-2020 04:19 AM 1263 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The kind of things I can do on my small WEN Mini Lathe is limited, but handles is certainly one of them. I had a set of cheap Rolson chisels that I had flattened and sharpened to work really great, but I wanted to have nicer handles.

I have a block of African mahogany lying around that I cut into 4 blocks, and turned the handles on my mini wood lathe. I cut a piece of brass pipe for the ferrules. Although the handles are not identical in terms of dimensions, I think they turned out pretty well.

I made a box from scrap pine and whatever was left of the African mahogany. I really enjoyed turning these handles, and it certainly makes my set look a whole lot more premium. At the end of the day though, they are lower quality steel and I noticed that they need frequent sharpening compared to my Stanley Sweetheart chisels.

I think the next time I turn chisel handles, I’ll make a new set from walnut for my Sweetheart chisels.

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#1 posted 10-28-2020 04:56 PM

nice looking handles.

how do they feel in the hand?

That dust collection doesn’t seem to be working well. I really think that a DC is necessary on a lathe, not a vac.
There’s just too much flying ..

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#2 posted 10-29-2020 02:18 AM

A very nice upgrade to your chisels.

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#3 posted 11-15-2020 03:26 AM

A very nice upgrade to your chisels.

- swirt

Thanks, but the steel is still very soft and I have to resharpen very often, I might just upgrade my chisels.

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