The market for woodturning tools holds a ground of importance for various reasons. Thanks to its current demand and the broad area of supply, people seem to be falling for anything based on lathe tools. But apart from all that, there is a specific corner of this tool that requires a bit of maintenance. That very part is the handle. Yes, that’s right. Since these handles tend to wear out after a certain point of time, one may need to replace them or create a new one. With the process of DIY coming in handy, it is good to settle for the latter. So to help you on that front, here’s what you need to know about handles for lathe tools.
1. Dry and Strong Wood
Although the process seems exciting, it will not go through if you don’t have the right materials. To start things off, you would require dry and strong wood. So select a stock with straight grain since it makes up for the critical area that you need to cover. If you cannot get your hands on the same, then you can even settle for traditional hardwoods, exotic woods or even local woods once they are harvested and ready to dry. But by all means, pine, poplar, willow, fir, butternut and spruce should never be used for this process.
2. Turning Tool Shanks
Once you’ve settled with the wood, the next step is to think about the tangs. Since both types mount in holes bored at the end of the handle, they should be either round or flat. If flat-tang tools seem to be your calling, then you would require stepped holes to accommodate their tapered shape. When things fall in this angle, you can be ready to look forward to the next step.
3. Drilling and Ferrule
Drilling a pilot hole to include the tool’s tang in one end of the handle blank is an important step that needs to be done in the right manner. A cone-shaped centre to mount the blank on the lathe is also required once you’re done with drilling. Apart from that, you later need to drive on the ferrule after turning a tenon to fit. If you find the ferrule to be longer than the tenon, then move ahead to use another one.
4. Shaping the Handle
You need to shape the handle so that it can fit your grip and help you manoeuvre around. Soon after that, you will have to install a chuck and drive the handle onto the tang by using a waste block so that the edge stands to be protected. Upon completion, you need to regularly check the tool to ensure that things are in alignment.