How to use a lathe to make a simple tool handle

There are now a number of different woodworking tools available in the market to perform a variety of functions. Today, we will be showing you how to make a simple tool handle using a lathe. For those of you who don’t know what a lathe is, we’ve got you covered! A lathe is a machine tool that uses tools to spin a workpiece around an axis of rotation to accomplish operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, deformation, facing, and turning. It’s even a safe tool for kids to use as long as they are being supervised by adults. If you’re interested, read more to find out how it is made.


Products needed for this DIY project:

1.      Lathe

2.      Lathe tools like the detailer, rougher and smoother

3.      Wood

4.      Sanding paper

5.      Tool to put into the handle

6.      Wood finish

7.      Protective equipment


Let’s get started with our DIY project:


Step 1:

First, take a long piece of wood with a square cross-section. On each side, you need to mark out the center point. You can easily do this by drawing a line from corner to corner on each side using a ruler; the point of intersection is the center point. Mount the piece of wood onto the lathe by keeping the center points that we just found out in mind. Make sure that it is securely fit into the lathe so that there are no issues while the lathe is turning.

Step 2:

Now that the wooden piece has been mounted onto the lathe, you can start the rotation. Before you start, don’t forget to put on protective equipment like eyeglasses and gloves to prevent any injuries. Using a rougher, carefully eliminate all the rough edges so that the piece of wood becomes cylindrical in shape. Make slow and shallow passes across the body of the wood while the lathe is turning without pushing the blade too far in. after you get a hang of how it works you could maybe experiment a little by pushing the blade deeper to finish the task faster. Don’t forget to stop the lathe from time to time to see if you are gradually reaching your desired blade.

Step 3:

Now it's time for contouring for which we will be using the smoother. We will be using this tool only to add a curve to provide a better grip. You can even use the detailer tool to add some details to the plain cylindrical handle to improve the aesthetics of the handle. Since this is going to be your first ever project don’t shy away from experimenting with the tools to achieve different looks and effects.

Step 4:

Once you’re happy with the overall look of the handle, take some sandpaper and go over the whole body of the handle while slowing down the speed of the lathe to avoid any injuries. This will help to eliminate any rough edges that may be remaining and it will give it a smooth finish. Then use a saw to cut the handle and free it from the lathe carefully. Also, apply a few coats of wood finish to your handle to bring out the natural color of the wood.

Step 5:

To prevent the wood handle from splitting when you put the actual tool into it, we will be using a small copper or brass ring to put at one end of the handle. If the ring does not fit you can re-attach the handle to the lathe to reduce the diameter and make it the perfect size for the ring. Then drill a hole into one side of the handle, put some glue into the hole and then gently hammer the tool into this hole.

Your simple tool handle using a lathe is now complete! Since this is your first project using a lathe don’t be too hard on yourself to make it perfect. Keep experimenting with new tools and techniques to become better at using versatile tools like the lathe. What is so unique about DIY projects is that you can customize them in any way, shape, or form that you want so let your imagination run wild. Enjoy your latest creation!

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