Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ironwood blanks

A couple more Desert Ironwood handle blanks today.  I don't have an intended purpose for these yet, eventually I'll probably get a couple new tools and depending on the manufacturer they may need handles.

These are a little shorter than the one I turned yesterday due to a defect in the log, these are about 13" long, yesterday's was 15".  The stock handle that I broke on Thursday night was 12 1/2".  The additional length and the additional weight should provide better tool control.  The original handle was Ash and had a specific gravity of .66 Mesquite has a specific gravity of .80, Desert Ironwood is 1.15.  I suspect that with the additional length and the much denser wood the tool is about 50% heavier now.

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