Brass collars slipping off old wood handle turning tools

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Forum topic by JohnnyBoy1981 posted 04-16-2017 11:14 PM 1208 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2017 11:14 PM

I inherited some old turning tools/chisels from my late uncle today. I don’t have any experience with wood turning, but the tools seem to be in good shape overall. Probably haven’t been used for years.

My question is about the brass collars that slip down over the iron and sit on top of the wood handle (like a hilt on a sword). The collars don’t stay down snug on the handle top leading me to think that the wood has dried out and shrunk with age.

Is there a way for me to fix this? Would soaking the wood in something with the collars on do the trick?



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#1 posted 04-16-2017 11:21 PM

You can just use epoxy or super glue to keep them in place. They are there to keep the wood from splitting when pressure is applied to the chisels.

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#2 posted 04-16-2017 11:25 PM

oil the blades and store them someplace damp, that may work. If it doesn’t years ago there was a product called chair lock for tighting parts of wooded chairs, it caused the wood to swell maybe there is a similar product available. Then there is epoxy as papadan sugested

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#3 posted 04-16-2017 11:33 PM

Super glue

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 12:13 AM

Thanks guys! I thought it might require some exotic repair but Super glue it is. Or Loctite, since I’ve got ten bottles of the stuff floating around here…

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