|Buck Brothers 5/16" radius gouge|
|Buck Bros logo|
|Homemade "ferrule" made from wire|
|Took off the wire and ...|
|... the tang came out easily|
|The tang was pretty gnarly so I cleaned it up with a file|
|This shows the tang hole, the crack and the original lathe chuck marks|
|The leather is about 1/4" thick|
|It's actually two pieces of leather|
|They came off fairly easily - perhaps originally glued with hide glue.|
The end tenon of the chisel handle was 1/2" diameter.
|Turning the new handle from mystery wood|
(possibly some kind of mahogany - it was a piece of an old coat rack)
When it came to fitting the tang, I used a technique that I learned from a Bob Rozaieski video. I drilled with three sizes of drill bits, successively deeper as the drill sizes got smaller. Then used the tang to ream the hole until the bolster was about 1/8" from the handle.
|Handle perfectly level in vise|
|Small bubble level on the top of my drill makes it easy to judge level drilling|
|Using the tang to ream the hole|
|Thar' she blows!|
I love putting old, neglected tools back to work - can't wait to use it.