Tool Handles (2004, 2005, 2007)
Rasp Handles, Nov 2004:
They're turned from maple scraps, the ferrules are copper water pipe, and the finish is BLO followed by 2 coats of orange shellac followed by buffed wax. Simple but fun, and the rasps are really nice. They leave a very smooth finish compared to non-random toothed rasps.
Skew Chisel Handle, May 2005:
Magnetic Screwdriver Handle, October 2005:
I have a Sorby Hollowmaster and a Mulit-Tip Scraper to use as hollowing tools for wood turning. They're nice tools, but I find the handles a bit shorter than I'd like. So I ripped off the stock handles and turned a couple new ones from some maple leftover from my workbench. Add a few burned rings, finish with several coats of wipe on poly, and the handles are now much nicer to use.
Credits: for a really good overview of how to make tanged and socketed tool handles, visit Nordic's web site. He has a nice set of instructions, so there's no use in me repeating those details here.
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