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Evening all.

 

I’ve wracked my brains and applied my Googlefu but to no avail. Does anybody know how to make a wire spring handle such as those found on chipping hammers? Thanks.

 

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When I have done these I wrapped two spirals on at 90 degrees to each other. This was on a tapered mandrel, one at a time. Then the two spirals were twisted into line. This takes more material than you think:). Hope this makes some kinda sense.

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Yes, that would work. Thanks Jim.

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I made one with just a oxy acetylene torch once.

I had made a cattle brand from scratch for a friend.

 

Just heated it slowly, little at a time and free hand shaped it as I went.

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I would’ve said bend it on a wooden form, then fire it up!

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3 minutes ago, Jonathanbradshaw said:

I have never made a handle like that but I have made a tapered spiral. Wrap the material tight like a snail shell and then pull the center out when hot. The handle would need two spirals to get the front and the back. 

 

That's the method I've seen illustrated in one old book. Back-to-back spirals, pull apart hot.

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Thanks everyone. I hope to get back in the shop soon and give these a try.

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