Turning Tool Handles

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Project by Darell posted 01-11-2012 08:12 PM 9349 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Santa was good to me this year. She brought me EWT’s mid-sized Ci2 rougher, Ci3 finisher & Ci4 detailer as well as Carbide Wood Turning Tools SS series. I asked for them to be unhandled to save on expense and to give me something to do. So, having a bunch of narrow strips of wood laying around about 2” wide or a little wider I laminated six blanks and got busy turning my new tool handles. I used walnut, maple, oak, zebra wood and purple heart. I never set out to make them identical and they aren’t. The handles are between 15 1/2” and 16 1/2” long including a walnut end cap I decided to add at the last minute. The ferrules are 5/8’s brass plumbing nuts of some kind. Screwed them onto the handle with epoxy then spun the lathe and shaped them with a file and then polished them. I like the way they look. For the moment they are finished with tung oil but I’m considering adding a few coats of laquer or poly or just giving them a good waxing. I like the way they feel and know I’ll get years of good use out of them and I reduced my scrap pile by a small amount.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 08:19 PM

Great looking handles.
I need to make some.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 08:29 PM

nice work darrel

-- Got Wood?

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 08:42 PM

These are fabulous handles Mate, beautiful timber selection
Are you going to use them LOL ::: )))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 08:45 PM

Way cool handles.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 08:46 PM

Wow Darrell those are some amazing handles really nice work.


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#6 posted 01-11-2012 09:49 PM

Really beautiful work. I too need to make new handles!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#7 posted 01-12-2012 12:08 AM

Great job.

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#8 posted 01-12-2012 03:16 AM

I love the handles too and have a ton of speschul wood to use. However I am still not sure how the tools are actually held in place in the handle. How do you attach them? I’ve turned brass plumbing fittings on the lathe for cane tips, (actually used the EWT carbide tip with very small cuts to remove the flats on the outside) which work great when you use an internally threaded reducing type fitting. The larger cuts threads on a tenon at the bottom of a cane and which I then epoxy, then the smaller threads are used to thread a black bottle stopper from lowes into, which I then shape with sand paper. No screws, no glue on the stopper and hold just fine, with the added benefit of being able to be replaced later down the line in the canes life.

So what’s the secret in attaching the tool to the handle?

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#9 posted 01-12-2012 08:12 AM

Scott, the tools came with a 3/8” round tang just over 2” long. They’re glued in with epoxy. Thanks all for the positive comments. I wanted something different and I got it.

And Pete, yep, they’re getting used. LOL

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#10 posted 01-12-2012 02:29 PM

Great job!!!

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#11 posted 01-12-2012 05:13 PM

EWT’s are awesome. Stay sharp for a long time. ! Awesome handles. You’ve got a nice collection now. Enjoy !

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#12 posted 01-13-2012 03:14 PM

super handles! great job & i am envious of those tools! I would like to point out that poly & lacquer will chip from handling in a shop & will then rub on your fingers & palms…a sanding sealer & wax or oil & wax…will keep the handles smooth under hard conditions..IMHO

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#13 posted 01-13-2012 06:26 PM

michelletwo, that’s the way I’m leaning. I’ve noticed the chipping on another tool handle I made and it detracts from the looks and feel of the tool.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#14 posted 01-27-2012 08:34 PM

Dear Santa,

I know I’m a tad early with this, but PLEASE Santa….......................etc. etc.

p.s. I have enough socks, under-pants and jumpers for the time being.

Murch (aged forty-four and a quarter).

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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