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Chisel Handle Finish

by red0ak
posted 02-14-2017 03:15 PM


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JayT

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#1 posted 02-14-2017 03:27 PM

Nice choice of chisels. I have a couple Two Cherries and love them. I can also understand why you’d want to remove the large sticker (though I haven’t worried about it)

Wanting to feel the grain and best level of protection are pretty much opposites. Honestly, none of what you have listed will offer much protection, but how much do you really need? I prefer a oiled finish on tool handles, too, and use a couple coats of Danish Oil, as it’s always in my shop and dries quickly. Sometimes that is followed by a coat of wax, but that depends on the tool. That way, when I inevitably scratch or ding the handle, need to reshape or whatever causes a need for a refresh of the finish, it’s quick and easy.

If you like BLO, fine. If you prefer a bit shinier finish, then shellac. If wanting a silkier feel on the handle, wax is fine. Use whatever you have that will be easy to reapply if/when the handles start to look a little beat up or dry.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 02-14-2017 03:40 PM

BLO and then a coat of wax feels pretty good on my mallet handles. I imagine it would be good on chisels too. It’ll need touch-up periodically, and I’m planning to try Howard Feed ‘n’ Wax to see if that’s a good touch-up product or not. Haven’t had enough shop time lately to need that just yet, though.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 02-14-2017 03:45 PM

All of my tool handles get 2 or 3 coats of BLO then some get a coat of Paste Wax. Depends on the tool and the type of wood. It’s easy and feels comfortable to me. I live in the Southeast as well but I’m not really concerned about what the humidity will do to my wooden handles. They’re not going to move noticably. My concern with humidity when it comes to tools, is the steel.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 02-14-2017 05:27 PM

I used True oil gunstock finish,

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#5 posted 02-15-2017 02:01 AM

Since I can’t reply to each post directly:


Wanting to feel the grain and best level of protection are pretty much opposites.

Yes, exactly what I was trying to get at.


I prefer a oiled finish on tool handles, ... that way, when I inevitably scratch or ding the handle, need to reshape or whatever causes a need for a refresh of the finish, it s quick and easy.
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If you like BLO, fine. If you prefer a bit shinier finish, then shellac. If wanting a silkier feel on the handle, wax is fine. Use whatever you have that will be easy to reapply if/when the handles start to look a little beat up or dry.

Awesome, thanks. Didn’t consider refreshing the finish or reshaping.


BLO and then a coat of wax feels pretty good on my mallet handles. I imagine it would be good on chisels too.


All of my tool handles get 2 or 3 coats of BLO then some get a coat of Paste Wax.

More wax!


I live in the Southeast as well but I’m not really concerned about what the humidity will do to my wooden handles. They’re not going to move noticably. My concern with humidity when it comes to tools, is the steel.

Yea, good point. I’ll worry more about the rust. Just want to make these last a while.


I used True oil gunstock finish,

That looks really nice, will have to try that.

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In sum, I’ll worry more about preventing rust. On a couple of rehandled chisels I’ll try a coat of wax and see if I like it just to make sure it isn’t too slippery. Then the True oil. But definitely just going to stick with oil finishes on tool handles from now on.

Back to the shop…

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