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What are some suitable woods to use for tool handles?

One website states that hickory and ash are really the only (US domestic) woods worth using. Obviously just one man's opinion and a gross over-simplification. It's also inherently misleading because ...
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What are some suitable woods to use for tool handles?

Another consideration is the wood's effect on steel. Some woods like oak have acidic tannins in them that stain and promote rust, so oak is rarely used for that reason.
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Router bit used for this profile?

I don't know the name of that bit profile but it's possible the cut is done using just a portion of a bit, e.g the highlighted portion here: Source: Rockler tambour bit set. Edit: thanks to the ...
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

Drill 2 holes (brace and bit if you're being serious about "hand" tools) with a forstner bit (or hole saw), then connect them with a cut using a coping (or jig) saw. Chisel/file/sand as needed. To ...
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

With hand tools only, I suppose the way is to use a coping saw. You drill a small hole inside the waste of the handle, and then pass the coping saw's blade through the hole. This will allow you to ...
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

Drill first and pare with a chisel would be the easiest way to remove the most material faster and you would clean up the inside edge with a paring chisel. Using auger bits that are the exact width ...
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Turning chisel handle templates?

A quick search for lathe turning tool handles presents a number of links but no real results for templates. Making a template is rather straightforward. Create a profile of the handle shape you wish. ...
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Good wooden handle to hung an axe?

With some or most axe and hammer heads you have no choice but to make the top portion of the handle a loose fit at the upper edge because of the 3D shape of the eye. And actually what you have there ...
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Is a broken handle on a hand plane fixable?

I recently made a replacement tote for a hand plane. It wasn't perfect, but here's what I did. The most difficult part for me was drilling a straight hole of the necessary length to accommodate the ...
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What are some suitable woods to use for tool handles?

As an overview: Consider the type of stress the handle will be subjected to. Then the handle's best wood choice will be a function of resistance to the abuse normal use will inflict on it. Chisel ...
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Is a broken handle on a hand plane fixable?

However, like I mentioned earlier, the break is not complete and I'm sure I could theoretically use it in its damaged state for a while. I can just imagine though it breaking and slicing my hand. I ...
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Removal of swan neck drawer handles

It seems that the handles are stuck to the finish on the front of the drawers. They could have been installed before the finish cured or just the force from being tightly attached has somewhat bonded ...
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Can i use Aspen wood for my beginner axe handle?

Yes you can do it. No, I would not recommend it. Generally speaking, wood hardness is proportional to density. Aspen is a soft wood, and as you have indicated, it is very light. In an application like ...
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Is a broken handle on a hand plane fixable?

You might be able to finish breaking the tote apart and glue or epoxy it back together, but personally I would just replace the tote altogether. There should just be one long screw you can unscrew to ...
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What are some suitable woods to use for tool handles?

Personally, I have to stay away from working in hickory(allergy, go figure), so I've experimented with a few other woods. I have really enjoyed the few handles I've made from local maples. It tends to ...
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What is the best method for sanding a rectangular cut out

I'm currently working on a cutting board with a rectangular cut out for a handle. I used a jig saw to cutout the handle, and need to sand the edges of the cut. Here's what I would suggest. If you're ...
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Color cross-contamination after sanding

Have you moved up the solvent ladder to lacquer thinner or acetone? That rosewood is oily, and you've likely got to break down that oil to dislodge those particles and dissolve any pigment. Or - ...
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Good wooden handle to hung an axe?

In addition to Graphus' great answer, I would add that the completeness of seat around the base is also important for securing the head. It doesn't need to be perfect but contact should be fairly ...
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Remove and replace inset wooden handle

Maybe I missed this in all the back and forth, but I don't see it as impossible to remove the replacement handle by destroying the donor front, and it's not impossible to carefully chisel out the ...
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Color cross-contamination after sanding

You can prevent this by applying a wash coat of whatever finish you're going to use before you start sanding. The finish will "seal" the pores of the wood. Obviously this won't work if you're ...
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Color cross-contamination after sanding

Have you tries simply washing the wood with warm water? The water will cause the wood to swell and open it's pores. Then you can scrub the wood with a soft cloth to see what's removed.
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Carving a wooden handle - any rules of thumb?

If I'm visualising this correctly you're fine, on paper at least, as you'll have long grain running down through the thin strip that remains outside of the hole. But branch wood isn't that predictable ...
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Is a broken handle on a hand plane fixable?

My recommendation isn't as fancy as the other two, but this is coming from a cheap guy that likes to keep things going without too much work. I would take black electrical tape and wrap the whole ...
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