Making a Tool Handle – Part Two

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If you are interested in buying one of these tools they can be purchased at Woodchuck Lathe Tools

My tools arrived today! I’m glad I waited before gluing the handle blanks together. Either my 1/2″ router bit is not exactly 1/2″ or 1/2″ square bar is not 1/2″. Either way the tool bar did not fit in the grooves I had routed. The depth of the grooves was fine, but the width was a hair to small. I increased the width fractionally on the router table and the fit was perfect.

Here is a shot of one of the blanks glued and clamped. I left the bar in the groove temporarily while doing the glue up to make sure the channel lined up nicely. As soon as I was done clamping, I pulled the bar out. I also marked on the bar the depth it receded in the channels. I know I will have some clean up to do in the channels due to glue squeeze out and I want to make sure the bar is able to fit in as deeply as it did during the dry fit.

Making a Tool Handle

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Here are a couple of shots of the business end of the two tools. One has the carbide cutter in place, the other just the holding screw.

Making a Tool Handle

Making a Tool Handle

Making a Tool Handle – Part Three