Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 1, Issue 2
January 2007
 
Handles for the Lathe-less
  

Chamfering the handle

When you're happy with the shape, chamfer the end that will rest in your palm and use abrasives to lightly knock back all the edges until it feels comfortable.

Finally, all that’s left is fitting the tool. For tools where a perfectly straight fit isn't essential, bore the required hole after finishing the handle. For more critical tools like chisels, fit the tool to the blank first and then shape it to the orientation of the blade. This also gives you an easy means to hold the more tapered blanks while you work on them. Simply clamp the blade in the vise and you’ll have unimpeded access to the handle.

Finish with oil, wax, varnish – whatever you desire. And if you're bemoaning the fact that you don't even have a block plane, use your imagination. I've shaped a rasp handle entirely on an inverted belt sander.

Al Frampton
 
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