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Handles for Woodturning Gouges and than some...

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I won three turning gouges in a raffle recently, and of course they come without handles. I had some nice wood in my stash bin and started turning the handles.

I had just been given a pair of bicycle handlebar grips which I had no idea what to do with.

It occurred to me that I could incorporate these on my turning tools.

I have never seen this done before, so why not?

The 2 handles with grips are cocobolo, and the other one was made from a piece of Brazilian rosewood that has been in my way forever. I practiced turning beads on it, and the rosewood holds detail wonderfully.

The bicycle hand grips are oval shaped.  I put the oval on so that it automatically puts the gouge in the correct position when I hold it in my hand.  The grips are ugly as all get out, but they feel good in my hand.  I can just imagine the reception this is going to get at my next woodturning club meeting when I show them to the group.  I can see the sneers now. :>)

Two chisels which formerly had plastic handles.  I used flare nuts for the ferrules so I could duplicate the taper of the chisel shank.

The top handle now has a chisel. Notice how different the 2 handles look.  The one with the brass ferrule looks shorter that the other one, but other than the tenon, which can't be seen, they are the same.

After cutting all the flats, I put the handle back in the lathe and do whatever turning I want. This is the first handle made on my prototype jig. All the flats are true, and the octagon is exactly concentric with the turned part.

I don't have a chisel wanting a handle right now, so I left the nib on the top end of the handle so I can put it back in the lathe to finish turn the tapered tenon (spigot).

This is a chisel handle made for a chisel which formerly had a plastic handle. I turned the brass flare nut to have the same diameter as the bolster on the chisel.

Handle patterned after an antique. I don't have access to boxwood material, so I used Locust.

Close-up of Locust handle.


 
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