Who Knows Where to Find Brass Ferrules in Various Sizes?

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  1. Evon Barvinchack

    Evon Barvinchack

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    Brass nuts - Ferrules

    I use brass nuts and thread them on my handles and then turn down the nut into a ferrule. I've never had one come loose and its a much more heavy ferrule and comes in many sizes.

    I turn the handle end to size, thread the nut, turn the nut, drill hole for tool.
     
  2. Rick M

    Rick M

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    What diameters that would work with 7/8ths inch or larger tenons do you find readily available and where?
     
  3. Evon Barvinchack

    Evon Barvinchack

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    Brass nuts - Ferrules

    Plumbing store or Industrial supply house. I've use as big as 11/4". I buy the nut and turn the handle to suit the size of the nut. Turn you handle end so that only the threads are cutting into the wood. I use a large cresent or open end wrench to turn the nuts. If you want a new handle on the tool - just back the ferrule off!
     
  4. allen jay

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    large copper pipe

    you can try any wholesale plumbing supply house for large diameter copper but chances are they sell only to the trades or else hvac supply. i use the sweat couplers and just cut them in half make great ferrules and really cheap. the larger the diameter of the pipe the thicker the sidewall seems to be. maybe it is just an illusion
     
  5. Marc

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    Mason line instead.

    Have you ever taken a look at David Ellsworth's new book? There's a chapter in there on tool making including making handles. David uses nothing other than standard masons line for his ferrules. He just wraps the ends with a hangman's knot. I did this and went the extra step and painted a light coat of epoxy over the line just for safety. Works great, inexpensive. How many handles can you make with a 100' spool of line for about 5 bucks? You will always have the right size on hand and there's no need to be so precise to make the wood fit the proper diameter. Check the book out and take a look at the pictures he provides.
     
  6. Rick Zahalka

    Rick Zahalka

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    brass tubing

    Online metals has some brass tubing that can work for ferrules. See their webpage at http://www.onlinemetals.com/index.cfm They also sell small quantities of O1 steel rod for making tools.
     

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