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    Some chisel handles

    Hi Gang,
    Over the past couple months I accumulated some nice socket chisels from Ebay and Flea Markets. I had some 720s, some Ward Masters, a Samson Hrdw, a Union, and a 3/4" Witherby (which was a real surprise since I got it for $1)

    Only a couple of them had handles that were usable. So I decided to pick out the one handle that I liked the most, and pattern new handles for the rest of the chisels from it. The handle that felt the best in my hand came from a Wards Masters Chisel.

    So I rooted through my wood pile and found some bubinga that was given to me by my good friend Ron Sardo (he frequents the Turning Forum here and on WoodCentral).

    Here is an "in process shot"


    And here is two of the completed handles.



    The 6th handle in from the right is Lyptus. This is the same wood I got on my visit to Bally Block. It looked so nice that I decided to turn one handle from it. It wasn't as dense as the bubinga, so it turned a lot easier. It's heavier than beech. It was almost like a dense kind of mahogany. It took an edge well and sanded easily.

    (3) of the handles were in perfect shape. I may or may not replace them. They feel good as they are.

    Now I just need to apply a finish. I'm thinking some like of wipe on lacquer. Then it's on to flattening the backs and sharpening.

    See ya around,
    Dominic
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Those look great!

    the wipe on lacquer should be perfect, not much of a finish, but enough to keep them nice, until they get a finish from your hands.

    Are you going to make a flat spot on the handles to stop them from rolling?

    Very nice job indeed, great save on some good old tools

    Thanks for showing us

    Stu
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    no flats planned

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Are you going to make a flat spot on the handles to stop them from rolling?
    Thanks for the compliments Stu.

    I didn't plan on making any flat spots. It's a good idea, but I patterned them after the old handles and really like the way they feel now.
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Chisel Handles me too

    Hi Dominic

    Great work on the handles and cleaning up those chisel handles.You reminded me I never posted my own experience in this area. I did the same except my chisels were handed down from my father who was ex Royal Navy. He collected them on board the battleship HMS Rodney. So mine go back to 1943 and still have the old navy issue stamp. Handles were a mess so I turned some new ones from ash cleaned them up on a buff and sharpened them. Sent some pics to the old guy to let him know they were now in good hands and being cared for. Brought a tear to his eye.

    See the pics attached.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Chislels restored and ground but not finally sharpened and honed copy.jpg   IMG_1565 copy.jpg   Made in 1943 copy.jpg   Now see those edges take the hair off your arm without a push copy.jpg   New Handles copy.jpg  

    So well sharpened and honed you can see the camerain the reflection copy.jpg  
    cheers

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    Dominic,

    Great job on the handles. How are they attached? Just wedged in?
    Darren

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    Very nice work, Dominic. Good turning - good looking and good handle shape. Looks like it will be very comfortable in the hand.

    Mike
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    Dom,

    Great looking handles. Look like they ought to last a lifetime.
    Lee Laird
    Austin TX

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    They look nice. I'm not a chisel guy so I guess I didn't know what I had. I have had some for a long while that I got in a pile of tools. These are the best looking ones ( least rust and crud) ,when I saw them I ran into the garage and grabbed the two on top. The rest of them look like your top row. The one without the busted handle says SARGENT and something else that the wire brush didn't get off. I've jsut been skeetin em with WD-40 every half a year or so till I get around to cleaning em. I think I will at least get them cleaned for now and then turn some handles for them later. I'm glad you put them on here. thanks.
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    Very cool, Dominic. They look ready for another 100 years worth of use. (After the lacquer, of course.)
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    Very nice Dominic, thanks for caring and sharing!
    I guess the old handles could make a few "historic" bottle stoppers?

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