Hand Tools

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Re: Form Follows Catches :D

William Duffield
When turning tool handles, I start by drilling the mortise hole in the handle to accept the tool, and mount the handle on a mandrel gripped in the headstock. Depending on the diameter, I use for small diameters either a 5/8" Jacob's chuck or Albrecht keyless chuck or for large diameters step jaws in a Talon chuck. I make my own mandrels from drill blanks and grind the ends like a screw driver and then put two bevels on the end, like on a spur center. If I get a catch, I just tighten the tail stock and keep turning.

There are additional advantages of this method:

• I slip the ferrule on the mandrel before mounting the handle blank. To check the fit as I'm turning the ferrule tenon, I don't need to take the handle off the lathe to check the fit. After it fits, I permanently attach it (with threads or glue), turn the handle down to fit, and polish it if necessary.

• When I've finished turning the handle, I can back off the tail stock and sand down and polish the butt end while the handle is still turning on the lathe. This way, if I'm careful, the tail stock leaves no mark in the finished handle.

• When I turn off the lathe and pull the handle off the mandrel, the only thing left to do is mount the tool in the handle. If the tool has a tang that doesn't fit tightly in the mortise, I roll a worm of plumber's epoxy putty, drop it into the mortise, and shove the tang in behind it. It is trivial to adjust the tool to align with the handle until the putty kicks.

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first hand cut tails *PIC*
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Unsolicited suggestion
Success will be assured
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are you missing a piece of essential equipment
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Kirby is how I started
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Advice, praise and learning curves
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Art, fine art, and utter messes....
I agree with what you say...however....
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Re: Peter Follansbee... *LINK*
You missed the point
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Beauty is as beauty does (in my case)
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my experience with the schools..
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Flawed
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I don't buy it...
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My situation was unique I think...
Is there a psychologist in the house?
The outer frame; the border. *NM*
Thanks for playing, Wiley :) *NM*
I don't think it matters...
The kids...
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I'm waiting for...
Correct.
Where to start a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle...
Where do you start a 1000-piece puzzle?
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said better than I did *NM*
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Re: Unsolicited suggestion--Stud Mills?
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Re: Unsolicited suggestion--Stud Mills? Right!
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I don't do a lot of dovetails...
You provided some sage advice *PIC*
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yeah...
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Skew chisel *PIC*
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I did my first ones in oak... *PIC*
just read bill's later post..
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Slicks and makers
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