A new handle for a reclaimed chisel

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Project by Drew Gregory posted 03-03-2014 08:09 PM 1815 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My very first turning project. As I am very new to woodworking I am just starting to obtain tools. I purchased this chisel for $1 knowing that it was going to need a fair amount of work.

Step one was to sharpen this sucker. Starting with a 220 wet stone I honed it back to shape, refined it with a 1000 grit stone then a 4000 grit stone to get the micro bevel.

Step two, a new handle.
Since I have never attempted turning before I laminated some scrap that I salvaged from a pallet. Not really sure what kind of wood it is but I think it might be cherry. I didn’t have much of a plan on the shape, mostly just wanted it to be comfortable in the hand. I finished it with 5 coats of turning oil then beeswax.

Please excuse the completion photo I really need to take a proper image when I have some more time.

Sharpening time: 2.5 hours
Turning time: 2 hours

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 08:21 PM

Nice handle. Looks like some sort of Mahogany maybe. Looks too porous for North American Cherry.

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 11:22 PM

Perhaps Brazilian cherry, Jatoba ?
I have some from pallets my son got from granite pallets ?

And nice job !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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Drew Gregory

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 12:42 AM

Thanks guys, I got the pallet from a Honda motorcycle and ATV dealership.

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 02:17 AM

Great handle, the shape looks like it’s going to be real comfortable.

When ever I use pallet wood I look for the IPPC stamp on it.
The stamp gives country of origin and helps with the potential identification of the wood specie.
Follow the below link for an example:

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 02:37 AM

Stephen, I always make sure to grab HT stamped pallets, can’t remember the origin stamp on this one it was planed off some time ago.

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