How to Turn Chisel Handles that Fit Your Grip
Transform your old chisels with homegrown handles
Synopsis: Making handles for your chisels is a great way to bring together a mismatched set and to customize the fit to your own hand. All you need is a few scraps of hardwood and some leather, a lathe, and a bit of time. John Tetreault shows how to lay out the handle’s dimensions whether you have an old handle to use as a guide or not, how to shape the handle to fit your hand, how to get the tenon dimensions perfect, and how to add optional leather washers for increased durability. The easiest finish in the world completes the project.
The first chisel I remember buying was an old Buck Brothers socket chisel. I’ve since added a few vintage stanley 750s and other tag-sale finds, all of them socket style. some of them had handles that were damaged or just missing, but they were all made from…