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African blackwood handles

A page showing you the process of making a set of handles. These handles were made in African blackwood for a collectors box.

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The handles are such an important part of the box that I give them a lot of thought. I have sketched my ideas on a pad to show the client and also made a mock up handle which is stuck on the front with double sided sticky tape to give me an idea of what the real thing will look like.
sketches of handles
planing strips of blackwood
For the side pieces of the handle I machined strips of blackwood and cleaned them up with a block plane.
I then cut them to shorter lengths on the panel saw.
cutting strips to length
forming half round mold

I made one side piece from each end of the short lengths. First of all I put a half round mould on the ends using a router bit in the router table.

I then drilled the hole to accept the turned part of the handle on the pillar drill.
drilling holes for handle bars
forming the shoulders on the side pieces
Back on the router table with a straight bit I formed the shoulders of the side pieces.
Here I am using a saw tooth bit in the pillar drill to form the curve on the side of the handle.
forming the curve on the side pieces
cutting off the side pieces
I now cut the side pieces off leaving a shaped part with a square peg.
I used a file to make the square peg into a dowel. This will fit into the holes I drill into the box.
forming the dowel on the side pieces
turning the bars
Starting work on the turned part of the handle now. I used my metal working lathe to turn consistent diameter bars.
After turning I cut them off over length with a hand saw. I then cut them all accurately to length on the bandsaw.
cutting of the bars
forming the shoulders on the bars
Back on the lathe I turned the ends to fit in the holes I drilled in the side pieces.
I cleaned up the parts with abrasive paper.
sanding up
glueing the handles in the box
The handles are glued in place using a shaped block and two small "g" cramps.
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