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    wood for handles for wood turning tools

    I have just bought some new turning tools, two hard metal bars with small plates attached with a screw, don't know what they are called in English :-). I now need to turn som long handles for theese nice metal things. I have cherry, hard and nice looking and I have birch a bit softer but elastic. Which of the two shall I choose? If non of the two, what will you recommend?

    Helle in rainy and cold Denmark
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    Re: wood for handles for wood turning tools

    Sounds like you got some "insert" style tooling. The cutting edge is on the pieces you screw down, right? Sounds like you got two of those tools?

    Either wood should work just fine.
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    Re: wood for handles for wood turning tools

    Quote Originally Posted by Beamer View Post
    Sounds like you got some "insert" style tooling. The cutting edge is on the pieces you screw down, right? Sounds like you got two of those tools?

    Either wood should work just fine.

    Agree, either wood is fine. I like making my own turning tool handles because I can make them larger than factory-made which gives more leverage. I have bowl gouge handles made from both walnut and mesquite. No issues with either wood.
    Cody

    "The reverence that the object maker has for the materials, for the shape, and for the miracle of his skill transcends to God, the Master Craftsman, the Creator of all things, who uses us, our hands, as His tools to make these beautiful things." Sam Maloof (1916-2009).
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    Re: wood for handles for wood turning tools

    Yes, I got two blanks to be inserted, I will then start with the birch, as it is the fastest to turn:-).
    I will be back with photos. Thanks for your answers.
    Helle
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    Re: wood for handles for wood turning tools

    One handle made, birch, the insert is square 10*10mm. What size drill will you recommend? Will glue be needed? Never did this before.
    My drill is round, -some guy 'from town' asked me why I did not use a square drill for square holes .

    Helle
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    Re: wood for handles for wood turning tools

    Look up Reuleaux drill, and the guy in town may not have been making fun


    http://youtu.be/L5AzbDJ7KYI
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    Re: wood for handles for wood turning tools

    He was not that clever :-)
    I think I'll just use a 9 mm drill and a hammer,-maybe some glue.
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    Re: wood for handles for wood turning tools

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ID:	21996My finished handle, birch and the ring is a piece of cupper water pipe. I drilled the hole and rounded the shaft a bit before inserting, think it stays in place.
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