The last chisel handle type is one with the
leather washers on the striking end. Galoots seem to like this one.
Please note that I only make the claim that this is the way I do it.
There are undoubtedly a dozen other ways to do this, and I will no
doubt be told about every one of them. :>)
To begin with you need some hard and thick leather. I am using some
very old shoe sole material about 1/8”thick. You can tell it is old
by the price tag showing the price at 15 cents a pair…
Using a pair of dividers I scribe the washers a
little bigger than what they will finish at, and I scribe both the
inside and outside diameters. This makes it easier to locate the
hole punch which cuts the holes.
I use a pair of sheet metal shears to cut the
outside diameters. If I had a hole punch big enough I would use
that. You can cut them with anything you have available. The actual
shape of the leather washers is not critical at this point. They
just need to be big enough. You need enough leather washers to make
a stack about 1/2” thick.
I found that my 1/2” hole punch actually makes a hole that
measures .525” when I check it with a micrometer. So I make the
spigot that the leather washers will go onto that size. This needs
to be a nice tight fit.
I leave the tenon for the washers about an inch longer than
required. There are 2 reasons for this. The first is that I will
want to put the tenon in a drill chuck when I finish turning the
handle, as will be seen in a later picture. The second is that I
need some extra wood for the socket to slip over when I clamp the
glued leather in place. This keeps the leather compressed nicely.
When the leather washers fit correctly, they
need to be glued in place. I found that a 1/2” drive socket works
well against the leather.