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London Pattern(ish) carving handle – Practice Run

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Project by MikeB_UK posted 12-09-2020 04:48 PM 748 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Attempting to make something fairly similar to London Pattern handles for some carving chisel irons, I don’t have a lathe so am planning on making up most of the design and dimensions as I go along, fitting to whatever feels comfy in my hand.
Eventually I’m planning on making the set out of these blanks, Top to bottom
Walnut, Ash, Sapele, Chestnut, Wenge, Iroko

But, as I have no clue what I’m doing I’m going with a wood I know first, something easy to shape, so beech is what I have to hand.
I might ramble a bit with the text below as I’m writing this up as I go along so I can remember what improvements I thought of as I went through it, please comment and tell me what I’ve done wrong/could do easier/ have done stupidly – As I say I have no clue what I’m doing.

Not sure of the exact size I’m going for, so Make the octogans first

Then round over the top using a chisel.

Pick the spot where my fingers naturally rest and carve out the groove (There is probably a technical name for this bit of the handle, but I have no clue what it is).

Drill a hole for the tang in the end as it’s probably going to be easier to get it centred while I’ve got an octagon shape to work with.

Make some stop cuts so I don’t chisel too far when fitting the ferrule.
I should probably have marked out where the ferrule was going before drilling the hole, there is probably an easy way to mark out a circle when there is a big hole where your dividers should go – but I don’t know what it is.
As I’ve got a bit more length than I need at the end I need I’ve Countersunk a hole to slightly larger than the ferrule (OK, compression olive – it’s what I had to hand), chisel away the waste around this to get it to size.

And that would be a perfect fit if I’d marked for the inside of the ferrule instead of the outside. Bit more trimming.

Start from this end on the rest, seems the most likely place for something catastrophic to go wrong.
Remember to trim the part the ferrule goes on to the correct length before final fit – they are very hard to get off again.
Fit the ferrule and round over the join.

Hammer on the pointy end.

BLO & Wax and we are good to sharpen.
Not entirely convinced about the shape in front of the grove, might change it to mirror the bit linking to the ferrule.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.





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sepeck

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#1 posted 12-09-2020 11:25 PM

Pretty neat. If you have a bandsaw I saw a jig in this video that might give you some ideas.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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MikeB_UK

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#2 posted 12-10-2020 07:03 AM



Pretty neat. If you have a bandsaw I saw a jig in this video that might give you some ideas.

- sepeck


Cheers Steven.
No bandsaw, no power tools at all, totally unplugged here :)

Pask’s channels is great, started watching it for te scrapwood challenge stuff he did.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#3 posted 12-10-2020 02:18 PM

Nice work on it. Thanks for all the process photos, they are fun to see your process.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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MikeB_UK

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#4 posted 12-10-2020 07:02 PM



Nice work on it. Thanks for all the process photos, they are fun to see your process.

- swirt


Thanks swirt, more a ramble than a process though, I think.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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