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Making a Handle For a Turning Tool

by Mike Turner
posted 09-04-2016 04:42 PM

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#1 posted 09-04-2016 05:20 PM

A picture of the tool might help folks give you ideas

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#2 posted 09-04-2016 06:43 PM

It sounds like a knife-like tool without a handle. Without knowing more all I could do is direct you to google knife making videos. Probably what will need to happen is make the handle in 2 pieces and then sand/grind it to finished size, a belt sander would be very useful.

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#3 posted 09-04-2016 07:44 PM

I too am confused with your discription of the tool. If the overall lenght is 6”’s how much of a tang do you want going into the handle? A lot of skew chisels come with a tang between 2 1/4” and or 2 1/2” long today. If grind the handle end to a tapor can make a three piece tool handle. If good with a torch could also cut a tang!

Can saw the center piece of wood same shape as tang but slightly smaller; then glue on top & bottom to center piece of wood. I would use something like JB Weld to glue handle together.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 09-04-2016 08:22 PM

One way to do it is to drill a hole that is undersized for the fat end of the tang. Then put the tool in a vise and heat the tang with a torch, you don’t want a tremendous amount of heat, you’re not trying to change the temper, but just enough to burn wood. Then beat the handle on with a mallet until it is fully seated. You will be surprised how easily hot steel cuts through wood. Pull the handle back off and let everything cool down then epoxy the handle in place.

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Mike Turner

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#5 posted 09-04-2016 09:25 PM

It is one of these in this video.Reed is a great guy to work with….ships things really fast too. I cant wait to use this tool. I am just trying to figure the best way ..quickest way to make a handle..I aint real fast lol esp when short on He has a video on how he makes his handles but I am still thinking.

The measurement (6”) is going up to the back of the cutter which is maybe couple of inches long.

-- Mike,North Carolina

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#6 posted 09-04-2016 09:46 PM

Do like Reed did… cut down the end to fit in a handle…7/8” is too wide IMO.

Also, I love the video – kind of reinforces my lack of desire to get a chuck – particularly for turning bowls :)


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Mike Turner

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#7 posted 09-04-2016 10:30 PM

Yep 7/8” is too big. Thats a lot of grinding..Thats what I was wanting to avoid but I guess I can’t.Its the only way I could cut it I could use my 4” grinder.If I did that I would just use 2 pieces with a groove 1/2” the thickness routed in each one, glue them together, turn it put and put a ferrule on it

-- Mike,North Carolina

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#8 posted 09-05-2016 12:31 AM

Grind the tang square, round the end, drill the handle about 1/2” deeper than you want the tang to go, stick the tool into the handle, hold it with the tool down, hit the end of the handle with a rawhide mallet until it stops moving. If it doesn’t go far enough, pull it out, enlarge the hole and try again. Don’t try to drive it all the way in now or it will get lose in the winter. Don’t put the ferrule on until winter either unless you have a tighter one to put on it when the humidity drops.

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#9 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.

-- Bill R

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Jack Lewis

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#10 posted 09-10-2016 02:03 PM

Here’s a tip I have found useful. Each home made tool handle is shaped a little different so identifying which one from the rack is easier. OKAY I didn’t do it that way on purpose, it was just the way they turned out!

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#11 posted 09-11-2016 03:58 PM

After reading your post here & wood-net guess should of posted link to Reed Gray’s method of making a handle.

-- Bill

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