|Stiletto at top with loose handle, unknown maker "Made in USA" at bottom|
First a little about the Stiletto chisel because it's interesting.
|This (roughly) 1/4" chisel is quite long ...|
|... and very thick in cross section (this is a side view)|
|The part of the handle that fits in the socket was much shorter than the depth of the socket would allow|
|The heel of the handle has leather washers and a steel ferrule|
|Stiletto at top|
My best guess is that the Stiletto is a light duty mortising chisel - perhaps a sash mortise chisel. Anyway, on to the re-handling of these chisels.
|Take a known diameter rod and insert ...|
|... to see how far in it went (I did this with 3/8" and 7/16" dowel rods)|
|Got a model of the socket's interior|
|Then make a model of the handle and note key diameters|
|Mark the key locations on the blank|
|First thing to do is to shape and fit the socket portion.|
This took multiple iterations of shaping and testing the fit.
|Once the socket part fit properly, shaping the rest was reasonably easy|
(and this was literally about the third piece of wood I've ever turned)
I first made a practice handle in some scrap oak. That came out so well, I almost used it as the final handle. But it had some plugs that filled holes, so it didn't look very elegant. And I wanted to use some cherry for looks.
|A final fitting before adding some finish|
|A still-wet coat of BLO - used three coats total over three days|
(Excellent use of binder clips, huh?)
The old Stiletto handle was quite short. I made the new one about an inch longer.