Multi-use Turning Tool Handles

Multi-use Turning Tool Handles

Recently an experienced wood turner demonstrated at our monthly club meeting how he used a dedicated turning tool/handle to drill the ‘depth limit hole’ into a bowl blank. He’d epoxied a twist drill into a drilled-out “used” handle.

I thought about making one like that, but remembered the turning tool handles I’d made at another member’s workshop some months earlier.

I made three, one for ‘large, medium and small’-sized turning bits. Now I keep at least three drill bits in the same drawer with those three handles…one sized right for each handle’s opening.

When the depth hole is done, the drill bits go back into their own case and I can grab a turning bit, lock it into the same handle and go right to the lathe with it.

-Alan Falk




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