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First of eight tool handles

I have to make eight tool handles. Doug Thompson donated some tools to the turning club last year. We had some 1/4" spindle gouges that we decided not to put in our turning tools that are used for classes. I forgot I had them sitting around and next month's meeting is our annual fundraiser auction. Members bring in everything from tools, wood blanks, large power tools, and whatever else they clean out of their shop. So these turning tools will be in the auction. I figured they would bring more money with handles on them.
This one is made from a piece of padauk, with about half of it being sapwood. Nice two-tone effect. Copper ferrule is from a 1/2" coupling cut down. That and the tool gets epoxied in place. Nice fun project that doesn't take very long, about a half hour.
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Very Nice!
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very nice handle. a lathe is something i want down the road. time and $$$ permitting.
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Nice handle, Mike.

I've been thinking of making a handle so I don't have to keep swapping out my bowl gouge and detail gouge (also Doug Thompson tools). In what sequence did you drill, shape the tenon, turn the handle, etc?

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That looks great Mike. They should bring in some good coin for sure at the auction. Nice work.

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I like it!

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Beautiful work Mike.

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Wow! That's a great looking handle Mike! Whomever wins that is a lucky man (or woman I suppose).

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Nice Mike....Thanks for showing us that
Can you help us with the ferrule process?
What do you use?

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Nice Mike....Thanks for showing us that
Can you help us with the ferrule process?
What do you use?
For this particular handle, I used about 1/2 of a 1/2" copper coupling. I just bought some 3/4" couplings for the rest of them. I cut them in half and get two ferrules out of each one. You could use a piece of copper pipe also and just cut some 1/2" long pieces off it with a tubing cutter. The only thing you have to do is file the burr off the inside from the tubing cutter. I have a tutorial on making tool handles. If anyone wants it, send me an email at:
[email protected]. It's free, in pdf form, step by step with a pic for each step.
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Beautiful!
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Great looking work Mike. I like the 2 tone colors. Anytime I turn something I try to find the different colors together. Makes items look better.
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Very nice, Paduak will make fine handles.

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Very nice!

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Few more handles

Here's three more. The bigger one is actually mine. While turning the others, I found I had a 3/8" spindle gouge that I bought from Doug at one of our meetings awhile back and forgot about it. So I made a handle for it out of a piece of maple. The middle one is mesquite, the bottom is osage orange.
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Great job! Very professional looking.

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Nice Mike....Thanks for showing us that
Can you help us with the ferrule process?
What do you use?
For me, I lost tract on how many handles I,ve made over the years and as hard as I tried , I could never get the hole in the handle for the tool just right on dead center. Made me so mad. Really no big thing, off just a little, but I knew it was off center.
Solution, HD plumbing section, I get 3/4 in. copper end caps.
I made an wooden adapter that screws in the head stock that has a stub to hold the copper end cap. Need a 1/2 hole, Jacob chuck/tail stock I installed a starter drill,for a o/c starter hole, then carefully drill a 1/2 in, hole in the end cap. Remove burr.
I mount the square stock in lathe, app. 2 inches in from the tail stock, I make the stock round, about an inch wide. Remove tail stock mount my steady rest, and re install the blank. Adjust the steady rest at the 1 inch round stock. Double check everything, now I rework the end of the stock for a good snug fit for 3/4 inch ferrule. Then I re install Jacob drill,starter drill just prick the wood so the 1/2 brad drill, the point has a place to start, and finish my 1/2 hole, to the correct depth. Now when you look down the end all you see is a nice clean round 1/2 hole, the end cap kind of makes it neat looking. Remove steady rest, install my revolving cone, keeps everything o/c, and finish fabricating handle. Don,t forget to buff the ferrule to high cooper gloss, Ron Marietta Ga.
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Ron,
you're doing it the hard way. I start off between centers, round the blank. Then I cut a tenon to fit the inside of my chuck jaws. I remound the blank in the chuck, using the tailcenter to make sure it stays centered up till I tighten the chuck. Then I drill the hole in the end for the tool shank. Once I have the hole, I put a cone center in it and turn the tenon for the ferrule. Epoxy it in place and finish turning the handle, including sanding and lacquering. I turn the butt end down to an 1/8" and then stop the lathe and saw it off with a fine tooth jap handsaw. Sand off the little nub and it goes to the buffer. Everything it turned with the hole already drilled so the handle stays concentric to the whole. Very easy to do.
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Made three more today. Two left to go.

Made three today, as I skipped yesterday. Have two more to make. Made another padauk, maple, and a walnut one.
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