Sunday, July 16, 2017

Handle for Gem Jr. 1911

I have always liked the wooden handles on the old lather catchers like the one below. I have wanted to make one for my Gem Jr. 1911 Lather Catcher.  I thought about it a long time, and today, I decided to do an experiment. I had some 3/4 inch dowel stock, and I cut off a 2.5 inch piece. I had experimented on finding a screw that would work with my Gem. It turns out that a #8 sheet metal screw works great. I found the center of the dowel and drilled a pilot hole with my Yankee push drill. I screwed the screw down into the hole and cut it off with about a 1/4 inch showing.

Here it is with the head attached. 

I have a one inch drum sander attached to my 1/2 inch drill motor, and I have that strapped down to a small horse stand I made for the purpose. Using that, I began to shape the handle.

Here, it is beginning to take shape. I free handed this handle. I have quite a bit of experience making brushes using this procedure, so this worked out pretty well.

I marked three spots on the handle to put some decorative rings.

Then, I did some initial finish sanding. I am going to have Tom White make me a ferrule to go on the top of the handle. That will provide strength and add a little bling to the handle.

 I will make some more minor changes in the handle, but it is close to being finished.

Update: July 18, 2017

Tom White is making ferrules for my handles. In the mean time, I made two more handles on the lathe. I can hardly wait for the ferrules to arrive so I can put them all together.

Ferrules by Tom.

The left handle was done with a lathe and the other two with a lathe.

As it turns out, the Ever-Ready 1914 Little Lather Catcher has the same threads as the Gem Jr. So, the handle will work on it, too.

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