Texas ebony hand tool handles

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Project by shampeon posted 06-04-2012 12:28 AM 2421 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The very first things I turned on the lathe were some new handles for my files, honing rod, and marking gauge. I love the contrast between the cream sapwood and dark brown heartwood, and turning Texas ebony was very easy. All the files were finished in shellac and carnauba wax.

The marking gauge was made with an old Irwin spade bit that I ground down.

I used Gorilla glue (when necessary) to set the tools in the handles.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#1 posted 06-04-2012 03:36 PM

Looking good. Want to know something really sad? They also make charcoal from the ebony. :(

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 04:40 PM

8^O That is a crime.

I don’t know of any other domestic woods that are as dark and hard as Texas ebony. The plank from which these handles came was bought for a guitar I’m going to build that will use entirely domestic woods and parts. The fretboard will be Texas ebony.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 05:32 PM

Welcome !! you are started on the Bug already…

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 09:14 PM

Beautiful handles.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 08:54 PM

Hmm, Ian… you don’t drink beer by any chance?

rubbing hands together and envisaging a beer for tap handle barter!

-- Gaz. Irishman who lives in the San Francisco area, and tends to ruin more wood than he should.

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