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G.A. Ewen
12-18-2004, 08:26 PM
I used brass and bronze cut offs from my scrap box for the ferrules on these handles. Just turned the handles to fit what I had on hand.


12-18-2004, 08:41 PM
Very smart! Did you turn up the handles too?

Agh silly me I re read the post and you said you did.

Multi talent wood and metal turning, very good.


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Al Flipo
12-18-2004, 08:47 PM
Very nice and classy.

12-18-2004, 08:49 PM
How do you make the fit? Just strive for a good 'press' fit? ...or did you glue them (ferrules) on?

12-18-2004, 08:56 PM
Looks great..

G.A. Ewen
12-18-2004, 09:17 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by lynnl:
How do you make the fit? Just strive for a good 'press' fit? ...or did you glue them (ferrules) on?</font>

Just bevel the inside of the ferrule so that it doesn't cut the wood and make the nose about .005" over size, press in arbor press.

12-18-2004, 10:09 PM
I just made a new handle for my small scraper today. 1/2" dowel and 3/16" dia.shank on scraper. I tried making an undercut at the tool end of the dowel and used heat shrink tube for the ferrule. I'll see how it holds up.


12-19-2004, 01:07 AM
I've never tried it, but one thought I've often had is to use the brass end of shotgun shell cases and crimp the end into a shallow recess in the wood handle. With the primer punched out you'd have a ready-made hole too.

Steve Stube
12-19-2004, 01:23 AM
I have used short pieces of copper or brass tubing in a pinch.

I like these examples you made G.A.

12-19-2004, 09:48 AM
For an excellent handle article, see also Bob Patrick's in PIM Vol #2 No. 6 (12-89), for those who have that issue.

Michael Az
12-19-2004, 04:58 PM
Nice work G. A.!!!

12-19-2004, 05:11 PM
Nice work!

I use copper plumbing end caps for my file handles. Then the traditional dimple in the side to hold it onto the wood.

Works for lathe tool handles, file handles, and chisel handles (non-socket type).

Of course, yours look much better than mine.

I like the shotgun shell brass idea too. I've thought about using those for drawer handles on a small desk top or dresser top chest.

12-19-2004, 08:51 PM

those handles look great. and thanks to others for the old shotshell idea. i have a ton of them laying around looking for a use.

andy b.