Hand Tools

Subject:
Separately...
Response To:
Dominy reamer *PIC* ()

David Weaver
I don't have a pole lathe, but I could see learning to prefer something like that to do the preliminary fitting of chisel handles after drilling a two step hole. It only takes me about 2 or 3 minutes to fit a handle on a crisp tang (even stuff like gombeira), but a pole lathe would have the amount of control that you'd need to be able to use something powered other than by hand-wringing turning without the "dumb" aspect of an electric lathe where the lathe has no feel when there's a catch while drilling or reaming. Instead, it just grips whatever it wants and flings it.

Someone making ten chisels a day could quickly learn to finish forge the tangs very close to the profile of the reamer by eye.

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