How to attach a handle to a turned vessel

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Forum topic by grace123 posted 10-08-2017 11:20 PM 886 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-08-2017 11:20 PM

I haven’t started this project yet. I have a question to resolve before I begin. My daughter-in-law collects pitchers and displays them around her house. I want to make a segmented turning in the form of a pitcher.

How do I create and attach the handle so it appears to be flush with the body of the pitcher?

Any tips and advice are greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-09-2017 12:15 AM

For strength the handle should probably be
cut from a laminated blank. If you cut
it from one piece of solid wood it would
be a lot more vulnerable to breakage if
the pitcher takes a fall. Making the handle
should be simple. Just band saw the shape
and use rasps and files to round it off.

Joining the handle to the side it would
probably be a good idea to use mortise
and tenon joinery. Drill and chisel out the
mortises on the vessel and cut tenons to
fit on the handle. Usually when fitting
a tenon shoulder to a curved piece the
most prudent approach is to pare a flat
on the curved part.

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#2 posted 10-09-2017 12:56 PM

One way might be to add brass or metal handle.

Another way is to steam bend your handle to shape you want.

Think you have chosen a very ardous task, good luck with it.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 10-09-2017 05:13 PM

Another option would be using a piece of wood that was curved in the tree, a limb, a or bent trunk. That’s what I did for a broad hatchet handle.

-- Rick M,

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