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London Pattern Chisel Handle

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Next I lined up the threaded rod with the edge of the jig. The centers must be parallel to the edge so the octagon of the handle will not taper.

I used a square to make sure the rod is parallel. Then I marked exactly where the pieces would be glued in place.

Now I glued the pieces to the base, again checking to be sure the rod is parallel to the edge.

Unless you have perfection in the way the holes were drilled, the pieces will not clamp exactly as they should. Here the all thread rod is holding the holes aligned.

Donít worry about it if the pieces donít clamp down exactly flat. Lots of glue in the joint will hold it.

You can see glue squeezed out on the joint on the right, but not on the left. No matter. The important thing is that the holes are in line, and the rod is parallel to the edge. The rest is window dressing.

After the glue had dried, I removed the all thread rod and made up 2 all thread bolts. Cut 2 pieces of all thread 4 1/2Ē long.

Grind a center on one end and epoxy a nut on the other end as in the next picture. You will notice that my bolts are not the same length. I made the mistake originally of making them too short, so I made a longer one to compensate.

The actual lengths are not critical, they just need to be long enough. Screw the bolts into the tapped holes and you are ready to make London pattern handles.

This is the completed jig.  I will be making handle next.

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