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#1 posted 09-05-2016 01:41 PM

7/8 is way too wide. All of the tools I have rehandled the tangs are 5/16 to 3/8 wide and the thickness of the tool. There is also a slight taper like a file. The tang varies in length to about 2 1/2”. You can do handles several ways. One is to split the handle and using a router put the groove in, then glue halves back together and turn. I don’t particularly like splitting the handle. I make a insert with the groove. Take a 1/2” thick by 1” wide piece of wood about 12” long. Put the groove in using a router. Cut in half and glue together. Glue 1” X 1” square on each end ( for lathe centers). Turn to 5/8” diameter and cut the squares off each end. Cut the insert about 1/4” longer than tang. Turn the handle and drill a 5/8” hole about 1/8” shorter than the insert (a little to sand when insert is glued in ). This is definitely more trouble, but the end result is a better fit of the tang without splitting the handle.

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