Would you like to do a little WIP for that, please? I, for one, would be interested.ED65":6un7vg19 said:I prefer 18th-century style handles for the majority of files though (chisels too), with a definite rectangular section so they register automatically in the hand. Tapered octagons are a snap to mass produce using planing using the most basic of jigs and even starting from round stock you could churn out a dozen in half an afternoon, including being very fussy about surface quality.
Certainly. The problem with a square or octagonal handle is that if the hole is slightly off centre (which wouldn't matter a jot if the whole piece was to be turned) it makes it far harder to keep the sides even. If the hole dead on centre it doesn't take a few minutes to plane the sides, but a hole going into end grain can drift quickly even if started on centre.Steve Maskery":3dmoqzdo said:I think the trick there, Phil, is to make the hole first and then use the jig. I'm no turner, but I believe the mantra is "drill before you turn". It's the same principle.
If I need to make a new handle, it's usually a 'London' pattern, with the hole being the first thing drilled once the blank has been mounted in the lathe.phil.p":2qgmpv5c said:The biggest problem I found making London pattern is that that it's perfectly easy and quick to plane them octagonal from square after the detail has been turned, but the end product depends on the tang hole being central. If I were to make a jig, I'd make a jig to ensure the concentricity of the hole rather than to aid the cutting of the sides.
Alf beat me to one years back (2006!) but sadly the pictures are offline now. In case they do come back at some point it's here.Steve Maskery":1c7tgowm said:Would you like to do a little WIP for that, please? I, for one, would be interested.
I assume you're chuck mounting it rather than mounting it between centres?woodbloke66":11whkbv1 said:If I need to make a new handle, it's usually a 'London' pattern, with the hole being the first thing drilled once the blank has been mounted in the lathe.