Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mortising Chisel Handle

A couple of weeks ago, I bought an old mortising chisel with apple handle blank off eBay. It was from hendo304200, who sells lots of chisels, and turning blanks (which often sell for low prices, nice). On a suggestion from Stephen Shepard, I decided on a octagonal handle. Surprisingly this turned out to be the hardest partthe finished shape looks like something a kindergardener might draw with a ruler. Since the handle has a socket, the first thing I did was clean up the end, where some idiot had been using the chisel without a handle. I used a small grinding attachment in my drill, and ground off the mushroomed steel. I then attempted to make a octagon. Giving up on that, I moved on to the important part, the mating part. Basically, I sawed shoulders, as I would for a tenon, and then roughed out a cone with chisels. I then scribbled on the inside of the socket with a soft pencil, so when I trial fir the handle, I could see the spots that needed trimming. This entire process was surprisingly easy. For the top, I slightly made a slight domed end. The handle has Formby's Tung -Oil finsish, which is a oil-varnish blend.
Handle making articles

Non-power(no lathe)
Rehabilitating Old Chisels
Rehabilitating Old Chisels(it's different, I swear)
Rehandling An Oval Bolstered Mortice Chisel

With a lathe
Making Chisel Handles

Making Chisel Handles(again, it's different, these authors need some new titles!)
Making Tanged Chisel Handles
Chisel Handle with Leather Washers

Socket Handles

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Workbench Update

Here's what I've been working on. All the major rip cuts are done, one of the wide boards is the deadman, the other is two stretchers. I cut everything with my most coarse saw, which happened to be crosscut(not in any pictures, sorry). For the leg and stretcher laminations, I built some clamps. They are just square boxes I screwed together with 2 wedges. The slope of the wedges is about 1.75":15". They work suprisingly well, with the wedges pounded in place, I cannot budge any of the boards, not even at the ends. It will be interesting to see how the do with glue.