So I was using these chisels on the lathe and one day it hit me! I can use the wood lathe to turn new handles and have a perfect set of incredible chisels! This instructable outlines how I am turning my chisels, it may be wrong or right but it seems to work for me. So how can you too turn really nice handles on the lathe, well let's get started with a list of materials/tools:
1. Wood Lathe (kind of obvious but I list it just in case)
2. 1.5 to 2" square piece of hardwood at least 12" long (I used Cherry because it is what I have a ton of)
3. 3/4" Copper pipe coupler, one of these will make two ferrules
4. Lathe chisels (I used parting tool, gouge, and skew)
6. Drill Chuck for lathe
7. Appropriate sized drill bit 3/8" in this case
Well, do you have everything ready? If so let's get started.
Mark the center of the ends with the straight edge and a pencil. Once you have the centers marked take a punch and make a small hole in the end for the tail stock. One the end that will go on the headstock I like to tap the spur center into the end for a good bite. Now mount the block on the lathe and pull up the tool rest, please at this point I like to point out to always wear face protection and a dust mask when turning.