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post #1 of 9 Old 08-17-2009, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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HELP finding turned handle please....

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I am working on the restoration of an 1880's cider mill/press. The "crank handle" (see attached) is 5 1/4" x 1" O.D. with a 1/2" thru-hole. I can't seem to find a supplier, and would prefer not to custom craft a replacement... can anyone point me toward a source?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-17-2009, 12:34 PM
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I`m not suprised you can`t find a SUPPLIER. What do you think you should do? UH...make one...Turn it...split it...then bore it. This method will work if you can not get the shaft off. After it is split...clamp it together and bore it...then you can glue it together around the shaft. hope this helps Rick

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I can make one in about 5 minutes. Bore the hole, mount it between centers and turn the outside, split it (as long as you turned with straight grain) put it in place and glue it back together. If I have the wood you need in the size you need I'll be glad to do it. Just send me a mailing address.
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Looks like the metal handle would unscrew from the cast arm. Probably wouldn't even have to split the new one. I agree with John, Pick a nice piece of wood and turn it.
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It could this person does not want to custom craft a replacement is because he does not have the equipment to do the job. I would not be able to do that job because I do not have a lathe.

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You don't need a lathe. I've done turned handles using a hand drill mounted to the workbench with an L shaped piece of wood as the tailstock, I've used the drill press with a homemade center stuck in the platform, and I 've used a router. I was into making round things long before I actually had a lathe. Heck I could make a handle using a drawknife or even a pocketknife. If you want it bad enough you figure out how to make it.
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Who needs a lathe? Just carve one with a sharp chisel or knife, then drill the hole with a regular drill. Is this for something that will see a lot of use, or just for decoration?
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You don't need a lathe.
Nope, you don't need any power tools...they sell 1" dowel...or cut 5 1/4" off the end of an old broom handle and borrow a buddies drill to make the hole. I would turn in on a lathe, because I have a couple...but if I didn't there is more than one way to skin a cat.
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I just agreed to make one for him. He doesn't have any tools. I make so many tool handles this will be a simple job and just take a few minutes. I think I can remember far enough back when I didn't have any tools. I started with and handsaw a jigsaw and a 3/8" power drill. It's been down hill ever since. Now if I find a tool I don't have it drives me crazy until I figure out a project that requires the purchase of that tool. I'm currently buying and fixing old hand planes. I don't do very much hand planning but have always heard that the wooden planes were lighter and ran smoother across the wood. I've found some good deals on a few so I'm going to tune them up and find out for myself.
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