|De-Handled Marples Chisels|
I've been in the process of paring down and then adding to my carving chisel collection based on what I seem to use the most. These are a couple of Marples that I've had since the early 70's and although they hold an edge well I could never stand the feel of the plastic handle. I put out a question on a website on removing them and a hacksaw, perhaps followed by a propane torch was the reply.
Looking at the design of the chisel I assumed they were a socket style but as you can see, that's not the case. I did the hacksaw bit at first but realized I was hitting metal so continued to work my way up the handle until I cut completely through. I put it in the vise and twisted it off with a pair of vise grips. Well, I thought that cutting wasn't necessary so the second one I just put in the vise and the handle twisted right off. The tang is tapered after a square section of about half an inch. I think I'll drill a hole in whatever I use for a handle that is roughly the average size of the tang then cut a square mortise to match. Epoxy should hold things together. This will be a good exercise in forming handles to fit my hand, I don't have a lathe so a spokeshave will be just the ticket. I'll blog the results as I get into it, currently finishing up a box commission and have one other client scheduled so it'll be a while. Paying customers go to the head of the line!