Just plain handles

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Project by wb8nbs posted 09-02-2011 01:40 AM 2627 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have Stanley Nos. 605, 606, and an 8 with broken handles. Made these replacements from Jatoba cutoffs from the local Woodcraft store. Two coats of Watco natural. Template downloaded from

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 02:03 AM

Beautiful job on those!

-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 03:14 AM

Wow, what timing. I was just on eBay bidding on a Replacement tote for my No. 7 and then being outbid for more than I wanted to spend. I was thinking how difficult these would be to make when SHA-BAM, leave it to one of my fellow Lumberjocks to come through for me. I think your totes/handles look better than the originals. I like the color of the Jatoba. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 03:40 AM

Three handles took me about a day. There are some directions with the LV template. Brief method:
- glue templates to wood block make sure centerline is 90 degrees from edge
- mark and punch long hole centerline on board sides
- drill counterbore at top
- drill thru hole from both top and bottom. Hope they meet in the middle
- use chain saw file to fix it when they don’t quite meet in the middle
- drill large guide holes
- bandsaw out the tote
- mark and drill the small hole in the toe
- clean up flat surfaces on belt sander
- half inch roundover bit on vertical sides, be careful to avoid the toe (look at a good handle for guidance)
- 2 hours of filing, sanding, more sanding and oiling

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 06:02 AM

Very well done. The jatoba looks better than the originals.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 10:07 AM

Very nice, I really like jatoba….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 03:08 PM

I like them. Beautiful.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 09-02-2011 03:13 PM

Waus, I like them very much. Ive tried to make one once, but I found it difficult.. Great job!

-- Wilco Flier

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#8 posted 09-02-2011 03:53 PM

these are really nice looking totes. Do you try to match the wood in the tote and knob, or do you leave the knob rosewood? I’ve tried to match mine but I wonder if its necessarily.

I’ve blogged the process I use. Once in a while if I’m only doing one I won’t bother with the round over bit, just use a rasp, but this is pretty much how I still do it.

It would be interesting to know if you do it similar, or if you’ve found an easier way. I dread the hand sanding.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 09-03-2011 12:20 AM

I downloaded those templates a while back, but haven’t tried making any as yet. So far, I haven’t really had the need. Nice job on the ones that you made. Nice wood choice as well. The only thing I would have considered is that the 605 and 606 Bedrocks would have originally had rosewood handles originally. I would have seriously considered making new ones from rosewood for historical authenticity and overal value of the tool.

I have made some saw handles before. By the way, if anyone wants to try making a handle for a hand saw, templates can be downloaded from the website of Wenzloff and Sons (


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 09-03-2011 06:12 AM

I experimented quite a bit shaping the handles. The router left burn marks too that had to be ground off. The thing that worked the best was an aluminum sanding holder I got in a lot of sanding stuff at an auction. It is a simple strip of 3/16 maybe an inch wide bent into a shape resembling a file. Has clips to hold a strip of sandpaper – I used a piece of 80 grit from a busted belt sander belt. You use it like a violin bow on the work and the inch wide strip of sandpaper conforms easily to the curves. I don’t know who made this sander, but I wish I had 3 of them for different grits. Maybe could kludge up sandpaper strip holders for a hacksaw frame but that wouldn’t flex as well. I did final sanding with a sponge, that got into the hollows pretty good.

I don’t have any and the Jatoba was cheap. These are workers, I don’t need them authentic. May try to repair the original totes if I ever get a piece of rosewood.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#11 posted 09-07-2012 06:50 PM

Those handles came out perfectly….love the grain and the color : )

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