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Back to the chisel handle

My nemesis the chisel handle came to visit last night. After a few weeks of perfect discipline the handle loosened again. If you would like to see my previous attempt at a fix here is Big Sexy Hair followed by Water Torture. My next attempt will be following advice from my last post to see if the chisel handle is bottoming out in the socket.

Quick work with a file (4 strokes) and I banged the handle back in place. I’ll report later on the results.

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  1. April 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Have the same issue with a couple of old socket chisels. Got frustrated and tore off a small strip of sandpaper, folded it in half lengthwise and then wrapped it around the handle, inserted it into the socket and gave it a couple of good whacks with the mallet. So far so good…

    • April 19, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      I’m on the verge of some form of epoxy! Let me know how the sand paper works out.

  2. April 20, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Before you actually change the metal on your chisel, I would contact Lie Nielsen. You never know, they might send you a replacement handle that sticks.

  3. Mike Baggett
    April 21, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Try wrapping a thin shaving around the tenon. Cut the shaving so that it goes around only once. If that fails, try it with the shaving soaked with hide glue.

  4. Patrick J Flynn
    April 26, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Cut to the chase and just use some 5 minute epoxy. Clean both the handle and the inside of the socket with acetone or the like, let dry. Mask off the socket and handle with tape fully coat the inside of the socket and the taper of the handle. Put the two together, tap the chisel into a small hard wood block and put it into a vise or wood clamp with moderate pressure. Clean off the glue and the tape and while its drying call Tom Lie-Nielson and demand a new handle, or set of handles because at the price you paid for those pretty pieces metal & wood you shouldn’t have to put up with that particular frustration.

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