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