Garden Tool HandlesComments (0)
Use offset turning to shape a custom grip.
By Tom Schottle
Overall dimensions (handle only): 17⁄8" dia. × 73⁄8" long
With spring officially here, the urge to dig in the dirt can prove overwhelming. But before you venture outside, have your lathe help you fashion grip-friendly hardwood tool handles for a garden shovel and fork, like those shown above. The secret behind the comfort lies in offset turning, where you intentionally mount the blank off center and remove waste along one quadrant of the cylinder. Combined with bead and cove work, the offset turning results in a handle that nestles in the palm of your hand, while providing purchase for your thumb when thrusting the tool into the soil.
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