Get a handle on it!

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Project by Woodbutcher3 posted 07-04-2011 06:34 PM 2216 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Often manufactured handles are flimsy or the connection is not very strong – usually cheap Chinese plastic. I hate to throw out an item that could still be used if it had a good handle on it. So…once in awhile I make a handle to get things back in service. They are wood, of course. And they have a nice tactile touch to them.

The bottom one is a stick of padauk I had under the bench. I locked the blank into a Nova chuck. Then, used a drill chuck in the tailstock to drill a hole to fit the duster stem. Tightened up the tail stock end with the free turning tail center in the hole just drilled. Then, I turned the blank down on the hole end to the point where I could screw a brass plumbing nut. Yes, you can turn brass! The HSS tools will cut it easily. Just take a little cut at a time and go slow. Sand the brass with high number grit starting with about 400 or 600 and polish it, too. I turned the rest of the handle using the 1/4” beading tool I have. Finished it off with Mieland’s and carnuba wax. Completed it with a brass eye screw in the end for hanging.

The top handle was carved out of oak to replace the orange plastic one in the center. I carved the dowel end to fit the aluminum tube (by the plastic one) first. Then somewhat shaped it on the bandsaw before using files and micro files to shape it before a final sanding. I used several coats of natural Watco followed by a Beal buffing with carnuba. Has a nice feel to it.

The second picture is after instalation of the oak handle. It is being held by one of the happy users in our preschoolers Sunday School class. They still want to help at that age. And, who am I to discourage them?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#1 posted 07-04-2011 10:49 PM

Boy meets Girl! He sure doesn’t seem happy about it….... the girl, not the handle. The handle looks spiffey. You did well with the carved one. That’s one skill I havn’t mastered the patience for just yet. Yeah, I would have cheated with the beads too. Nice finish on both.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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