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This is a good project for any skill level, I highly recommend turning your own handles. The personalized fit and comfort you get is well worth it.
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Reply #1 - Jun 30th, 2020 at 6:24pm
 
Have not viewed the article yet but a while back I bought one of the machined aluminum handles for some new turning tools and never used it. Sits in a drawer. I am so accustomed to using a personal turned wood handle I did not like the feel of the metal handle.
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Reply #2 - Jun 30th, 2020 at 7:08pm
 
It's definitely a personal preference sort of thing. Wood and metal just have different properties. For myself, a wooden handle is the way to go for woodworking hand tools.
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Reply #3 - Jul 1st, 2020 at 8:19am
 
I much prefer a hand turned handle. I have relatively small ahnds and can make handle that fit my hands.

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Reply #4 - Jul 1st, 2020 at 10:59am
 
Foam covered aluminum collet handles for me...love 'em!
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Reply #5 - Jul 1st, 2020 at 4:57pm
 
Jeff Vanden Boogart wrote on Jul 1st, 2020 at 10:59am:
Foam covered aluminum collet handles for me...love 'em!


Kind of wish I could get used to them. They look so convenient for taking the tool out for sharpening.
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Reply #6 - Jul 1st, 2020 at 6:35pm
 
Handles as expensive as the tools?
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Reply #7 - Jul 2nd, 2020 at 8:09am
 
Jeff Vanden Boogart wrote on Jul 1st, 2020 at 10:59am:
Foam covered aluminum collet handles for me...love 'em!


I definitely prefer the 'feel' of a wood handle over the metal ones.  While part of it is feel, another aspect of why I prefer wood is I can turn my handles with a bit of a swale/contouring for a better grip.  There are some days when the hands just don't want to cooperate and I've considered adding an over-lay of rubber gripping material...the same material used to over-lay grips on tennis racquets.  I can imagine that these with a foam covering may be beneficial to those turners with arthritic hands.
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Reply #8 - Jul 2nd, 2020 at 8:34am
 
Have any of you bought tools knowing that you were going to make your own handle for it?
When I buy lathe tools, I buy UN-handled whenever possible. If I can't, I usually have a handle roughed out ready for fitting up.


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Reply #9 - Jul 2nd, 2020 at 9:18am
 
Robert Hayward wrote on Jul 1st, 2020 at 4:57pm:
Jeff Vanden Boogart wrote on Jul 1st, 2020 at 10:59am:
Foam covered aluminum collet handles for me...love 'em!


Kind of wish I could get used to them. They look so convenient for taking the tool out for sharpening.


Having the option of taking the tool out is nice.  Very easy to get used to.  I had dozens of self made wood handles..wouldn't go back to them.
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Reply #10 - Jul 2nd, 2020 at 9:20am
 
Don Stephan wrote on Jul 1st, 2020 at 6:35pm:
Handles as expensive as the tools?


I bought a couple from Simon Hope, along with a lot of other stuff, several years ago.  They seemed pretty reasonable at the time, but seem to have gone up a lot lately.
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Reply #11 - Jul 2nd, 2020 at 9:26am
 
John Grace wrote on Jul 2nd, 2020 at 8:09am:
Jeff Vanden Boogart wrote on Jul 1st, 2020 at 10:59am:
Foam covered aluminum collet handles for me...love 'em!


I definitely prefer the 'feel' of a wood handle over the metal ones.  While part of it is feel, another aspect of why I prefer wood is I can turn my handles with a bit of a swale/contouring for a better grip.  There are some days when the hands just don't want to cooperate and I've considered adding an over-lay of rubber gripping material...the same material used to over-lay grips on tennis racquets.  I can imagine that these with a foam covering may be beneficial to those turners with arthritic hands.



John, previously, all my self made wood handles had some shape to them.  Now, I like the straight handles better...same feel to it no matter where it's held.  The foam does make it much easier to grip securely, or very delicately for fine cuts.
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Reply #12 - Jul 2nd, 2020 at 10:01am
 
Jeff, do you take your tools out to sharpen, travel or some other reason?

There several collets made for attaching to wooden handles, if that's a concern for some.
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Reply #13 - Jul 2nd, 2020 at 10:06am
 
Don Stephan wrote on Jul 1st, 2020 at 6:35pm:
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Reply #14 - Jul 2nd, 2020 at 12:30pm
 
Ed Weber wrote on Jul 2nd, 2020 at 10:01am:
Jeff, do you take your tools out to sharpen, travel or some other reason?

There several collets made for attaching to wooden handles, if that's a concern for some.



Most tools taken out for sharpening is all.
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