The first project for my to try on my lathe was a handle for an old socket chisel I had.
This was one of the main reasons I got the lathe. Along with making great art, the tool would have to earn its keep by making something handy.
I started off with a big lump of ash that I had been given.
This I chopped down further with an axe at the workbench….
…to give me this rough shape.
I mounted the blank in the lathe and let it spin.
I started getting the piece fairly round with a spindle gouge.
I then started marking off divisions. Really, this was so I could learn to use the parting gouge.
After a while, I got a rough handle shape but I cut it too thin and it snapped.
So, I started again with a smaller blank with the same process.
I didn’t have a short tool-rest, so I cobbled together one from plumbing pipe.
Yes, I know this is not safe. It was more a proof-of-concept. It did work though.
I turned the blank and got it to a rough shape with the spindle gouge.
I cleaned up the surface with skew chisels and then sanding it at a slow speed.
Here is the result.
A bit short, I thought.
So I started over and made one longer.
Now I have a nice long chisel that I think I’ll use as a paring chisel to clean up tenons etc.