Getting a "Handle" on things.....
Well, I got a couple of new tools, unhanded, so I had to make some handles for them.
I have two tools to make, one an EVIL skew and the other a roughing gouge. I've never had a good version of either, so I'm quite excited to get these done and use them!
The first thing I do is true up the edges of the tube I'm using as a ferrule. This ferrule is some off cuts from a towel rack I made for SWMBO, it is stainless and works well for this. You can see the burr left on the inside of the tube by the pipe cutter thing I use to cut this stuff.
When I get done, the burr is gone, and in fact I try to put a slight taper on the inside, to ease installing it on the handle.
I have a nice chunk of Sakura on the lathe ready to make a handle, this stuff is HARD but it turns nice, as it has a VERY tight grain, and it will polish up real nice too!
I stuck the roughing gouge into the pipe handle I have, and used it to rough this blank round, boy does this work! man do I like this whole roughing gouge thing!!!
Now I'm going to turn a tenon to put the ferrule on, I leave it a little long and then trim it later.
I use a veneer caliper to check the size (that one is plastic, I need to get a steel one!) and when I get close, I check by taking the blank off the lathe and test it.
it is a tight fit, but that is good!
I then bash the ferrule on with a mallet.....
....and finish it with the rest of the cut off of the pipe, back on the lathe it goes.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward