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Thread: New Skew (Stu and Ken will be Proud)

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    New Skew (Stu and Ken will be Proud)

    Got a 1" Thompson skew a couple days ago (more of the powdered metal/cryogenic tooling) , and I got around to making a handle for it last night. Still haven't turned with it yet...it was about 3:00 AM last night when I finished it up...but I've got 'er ready shape the profile and hone today.

    The handle is two-tone cocobolo, and the ferrule is from a brass pipe nipple. Here are a few action shots...

    First, I mounted the brass nipple in the lathe, and started turning off the threads on one end. It was handy that the cone on one of my live centers was just the right size to center the brass nipple:

    Attachment 11681

    A bit of work with an old round nose scraper and a file, and I had this. :

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    I cut off the (now) threadless end and mounted it in the chuck to clean up the cut edge. I was too lazy to put the smaller jaws in the chuck, and didn't really see a need:

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    This should work just fine. For about 6 or 7 bucks, I got a heavy 4" nipple that'll make three of four ferrules, much thicker than the copper pipe fittings I saw, and for less money:

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    Turned down the end of the handle to fit the ferrule. Proof that I was using the skew is evidenced in the nice spiral catch you see in the pic. Hey, I'm still learning how to tame the skew. You'll also notice I forgot to undercut the shoulder where the ferrule meets the handle, which left a small gap visible after the ferrule was pounded onto the handle. It's my first tool handle, so I'm still learning that, too.

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    Next, I pounded the ferrule onto the blank and finished roughing out the shape. Stu and Ken, you'll be proud of me. Aside from using the roughing gouge to get the corners of the blank knocked off, I turned the whole handle with my Harbor Freight skew (with my version of a Lacer profile on it). I know I could have knocked the corners off with the skew, and in fact I did at the ferrule end, but the roughing gouge was a lot less physical work than the lightweight HF skew.

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    I didn't get any pics of some of the intermediate steps like drilling the end or parting it off. I sanded the whole thing from 120 grit through 12000 grit Micro Mesh, then 3-wheel buffed and waxed the whole thing. The cocobolo is oily enough that I didn't figure it needs a finish on it. Look Ma, I can see myself:

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    And the finished product:

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    I also plan to work some epoxy into the round hole where rectangular tang of the chisel is. It's REAL tight, but I figure filling the gaps will be a good thing. I'll do some test driving with it this afternoon, then epoxy it tonight.

    Thanks for looking -
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    Vaughn........Nice handle and skew. I don't know how much practise you've had with a skew but it has become my favorite tool. I've got 2 new ones in the shop but a local young beginning turner borrowed my diamond-tipped grinding wheel resurfacer this morning. When he gets back with it I think I'll sharpen the two Lacers I bought and play with them. Good luck with you new fine looking skew...remember...sharp, sharp, sharp!

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    Vaughn awesome job on the handle. I am going to get some thompson tools here shortly. Let me know how it works for you.
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    Nice job. I am reading over and over again so that I can do the same for some old chisels I have. (will skip the skew catch you demonstrated so well) Aside from the catch the handle finished out fine,

    Be Ye Proud...

    Where did you find the Brass Nipple?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Simpson View Post
    ...Where did you find the Brass Nipple?
    Found it in the plumbing aisle of the local mini-borg, right next to the copper fittings, which is what I originally went looking for.
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    Bill....I think brass fittings are a staple for plumbing gas....

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    Good looking job! Instead of epoxy (or in addition to the epoxy) why don't you turn a piece of the coco to the diameter of the hole and split in in half. you now have to wedges to hold the tool! This was a tip Mike Wenzloff gave me for a marking knife I did, but I don't see why it wouldn't work for this as well.

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    Looks good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    ...remember...sharp, sharp, sharp!
    How's this for a start? These are blonde arm hairs.

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    Still haven't done the final honing, but this is off the 600 grit diamond card.
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    I'd say that qualifies!

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