Perfect Handle Tool Repair
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After making new scales for
several Perfect Handle tools, I decided to make this
tutorial so those with less experience can do it.
It is relatively easy, and it is a wonderful woodworking
experience. After reading this you can do it too.
The wood I used for this
screwdriver is beautiful Ironwood from Mexico. The first thing to do is
remove the old scales from the tool, Scales are the
wooden parts of the handle. If you found a tool which
has no scales you will have to skip this. I remove them
by grinding off the rivet heads.
Measure the piece at the thickest part,
as shown in the next picture. If you donít have an old scale, just
make the new piece a half inch thick. I make mine even a little
thicker because I can always remove more material, but I canít add
I then cut some pieces of the wood I intend to use. These pieces
need to be bigger than the finished piece will be.
Now I can mark the pieces. I use a felt
tipped pen to mark them, and I cut outside the lines.
Cut out the pieces, and then make them
exactly as long as the top of the opening in the tool.
You will now need to cut the bevel on
one end, and then on the other. This is the most critical part of
this whole job. If you cut too much off the piece will not fit well,
and it will not look good.
This tool has only a pair of sharp
edges sticking up. Some have more than that and will need to be
carved to fit. It is necessary to put the piece of wood into the
tool and hold it straight while you smash a mark into the wood.
I marked one end first then carefully
trimmed the bevel on the other end so it would fit pretty close.
Then I smashed the piece again to mark the other end. Then I carved
out just enough for the scale to lay flat on the tool.