I am about to make a handle for a Ron Hock burnishing rod. The rod comes with a small hole in one end which i suspect was used in the manufacturing process. So i have a few questions i need help with before i do this.
1) Looking at how we use a burnisher to put a lip on a card scraper, i was wondering why there aint a handle both ends of the rod to be used. Any comments on this?
2) Do you think Dogwood would be a good choice for this handle? I have a block that I picked up in a bargain bin at LV for $1.
3) Given how short this rod is how would you recommend i secure it in the handle. A fair amount of force is exerted on the rod in use so i am concerned with the rod cracking out the side of the handle. Comments needed here.
I have made very good chisel handles but they all had a fair around 1.5 to 2 inch tang which made securing the handle easy.
The Hock burnisher is only a short rod and i dont particularly want to bury a large amount in the handle.
Any ideas, comments suggestions or assistance would be most appreciated.
I do have some ash on hand which i could turn as well but thought the dogwood was supposed to be the stuff of handles???
Thanks in advance.