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Project by TedM posted 05-08-2008 12:24 PM 1896 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a couple of photos of a few tool handles I turned the other day. They are made of Maple and each about 7” long. It was just a nice spindle turning exercise and created more useful tools.

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#1 posted 05-08-2008 12:53 PM

Nice. Did you use copper pipe for the ferrules?

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#2 posted 05-08-2008 12:54 PM

Ted,

These are nice. It is wonderful to be able to do something like this.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-08-2008 12:57 PM

rikor, yes, I used old copper pipe for the ferrules. Next ones I would like to try using brass nuts and turning them to shape.

Scott, it certaily was a rewarding job. You’ll see me at the yardsales this summer looking for old files and stuff now!

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#4 posted 05-08-2008 02:15 PM

Very nice and a great idea, so much better than the cheap handles that come with them and a reason to practice some turning.

Thanks for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 05-08-2008 03:30 PM

Nice, Ted.

How did you go about drilling out the hole for the file tang? I tried one of these recently and didn’t quite get that right.
Did you glue them in?

-- johnjoiner

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#6 posted 05-08-2008 03:42 PM

Mario, thanks! And you’re right, much better handles.

John, the holes are drilled using a drill chuck that mounts in the tailstock of the lathe. If you wish, you can see how it works here. Also, this link may help a bit too. Sort of different posts of similar things but should give you a pretty good idea of the process. Hope it helps.

No, I didn’t glue them in, I just jammed them in.

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#7 posted 05-08-2008 06:31 PM

Pretty nice. It’s nice when you can make something that fits your hand.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 05-08-2008 06:52 PM

Gary, yes, especially with the drill press chuck key handle. Without it it was quite hard to either loosen or tighten the chuck, now it’s quite eay on the hand.

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#9 posted 05-08-2008 07:27 PM

Nice looking tool handles. I have never seen a chuck handle before.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 05-08-2008 07:43 PM

Hi Ted.

I used the drill chuck in the lathe to drill out the inside. But since the tangs of my chisels are tapered, I didn’t drill the right size hole, or not deep enough, or something like that. I need a bit that’s tapered like my chisel tang! ;-)

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#11 posted 05-08-2008 07:50 PM

john, Oops, perhaps I should have mentioned that on the large file I actually drilled 2 holes. The first one was smaller in diameter and went the full length of the tang. The second hole was larger, though smaller than the widest part of the tang and only went the depth of about 1/2”. This gave sort of a stepped effect. Perhaps you could drill it with 3 or more steps to make it tighter?

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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#12 posted 05-09-2008 12:43 AM

Beautiful handles, Ted.

For smaller handles, try the brass compression fitting that slide on copper tubing. They are less work because they don’t require as much (or any) modifications.

Lew

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#13 posted 05-09-2008 12:45 AM

Hey Lew, thanks for the tip!

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#14 posted 05-09-2008 04:30 PM

Hi Ted, I made my own handles aswel.

Great work!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#15 posted 05-10-2008 04:03 AM

I love the idea with the drill press chuck key, I was going to turn handles for my lathe chisles, but now I have to add the chuck key to my list. Thank you very much fot the idea.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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