Turned Oval Tool Handles
Make a complete set of heirloom screwdrivers with this step-by-step lathe technique.
In this article, the editors of ShopNotes take you step-by-step through a technique for turning oval tool handles on a lathe. It sounds impossible, but it's really quite easy. It's called "off-center" turning and the end result is a handle that's quite comfortable to hold. Patterns for small, medium and large tool handles are included.
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- 8 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- 29 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
- Full-size patterns for small, medium and large handles
- Materials list. Sources list
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