Saved From the Fire!

This piece of hornbeam came out of a firewood pile. Here it is cut in half to make 2 chisel handles.

This piece of hornbeam came out of a firewood pile. Here it is cut in half to make 2 chisel handles.

Recently a friend of mine, Matt Cianci, sent me a piece of hornbeam that was given to him by a friend who found several pieces in his firewood pile. It looked like it would be big enough to make 2 chisel handles so I cut it in half.

Careful layout is critical when dealing with small irregular pieces like this.

Careful layout is critical when dealing with small irregular pieces like this.

The finished handle needed to be at least 1 1/8″ diameter so I used a compass set to a radius of 3/4″ or 1 1/2″ diameter to layout both ends of the piece. This should be plenty of material for a chisel handle in the Stanley 750 style.

Here the piece is turned round and the locations of the handle features are marked out.

Here the piece is turned round and the locations of the handle features are marked out.

The piece was put into the lathe and turned round. After which the various features of the handle were marked out on the blank. I was very pleased with the way this hornbeam turned. It cut very easy and left a smooth finish with crisp details. It is a tough wood to work, but it turns beautifully.

The chisel handle turning is almost complete.

The chisel handle turning is almost complete.

The pic above shows the handle almost finished except for fitting the taper to the chisel.

The finished handle fitted to a Stanley #720 chisel.

The finished handle fitted to a Stanley #720 chisel.

The handle was polished and finished with Behlens turners finish, a lacquer based finish. Above is a pic of the finished handle on the chisel ready for sale.

As always, thank for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment.

 

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About R & B ENTERPRISES

Professional furniture maker and restorer. Dealer and collector of vintage and antique woodworking tools.
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4 Responses to Saved From the Fire!

  1. Matt Rae says:

    nice work! the handle looks perfect.

  2. John says:

    Agreed – quite beautiful. Lucky your friend recognized the wood.

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