Panga Panga goes to England

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Project by SRRieman posted 09-23-2013 09:13 PM 2163 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was lucky enough to snag these medieval looking W&S Butcher mortise chisels off of ebay for a messley 10 bucks. Also lucky enough to be able to replace the makeshift handles that came with them.

Turned them out of panga panga, just to see what the wood looked like finished up. It’s really nice stuff, has a deep richness to the color. Finished them on the lathe using a shellac, oil varnish, and alcohol mixture, followed by a coat of wax. The wood is very dense and super hard. I won’t have to worry about it splitting that’s for sure. But it’s a lot like wenge, being that it’s a real pita when turning because of the splintering. Could have used a face shield, put it that way.

I made the hoops out of some steel tubing I had laying around and followed Mafe’s process to set the hoops found here: . He’s a madman, you need to check out his stuff if you haven’t yet. True inspiration. The only thing I did different is I let the bottom of the chisel handles soak in water overnight to swell them out a bit and get the hoops to fit tighter.

The only thing I really did with the chisels was just clean them up with a wire wheel, lap all three sides, and sharpen the bevel.

Thanks for looking!

-- Scott Rieman

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 11:24 PM

Beautiful handles and nice find on E bay!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-26-2013 02:52 PM

Great score on the good looking chisels! Like the pretty wood and the beautifully shaped handles.

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 05:56 PM

What a score—and so beautiful after your rebuild. Great work.

-- --bch

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