I have made several woodturning tool handles for my tools over the years, most of which use the Jimmy Clewes Quick Release adapters. I needed a long woodturning tool handle to use with the new TOD RAINES TOOLS tool bars – the Hook Tool Bar and the Half Round Tool Bar. The photo to the above shows a long woodturning tool handle with the Jimmy Clewes 1/2″ Quick Release Adapter. The new woodturning tool handle will be equipped with the Jimmy Clewes 5/8″ Quick Release Adapter. I will probably make another using the Jimmy Clewes 5/8″Set Screw Adapter.
I used a 26″ stick of red oak that was just under 2″ inches in diameter. This is what I had in the shop that was an open grained wood.
With this method I drill the hole for the woodturning tool handle adapter first, using the drill bit in a Jacobs chuck in the headstock. The only way I recommend doing this is with the security of a drawbar. My Jacobs chuck has 1/4″-20 tpi threading in the end of the Morse taper so I use my drawbar through the headstock to secure the chuck to prevent it from being pulled out of the spindle as I retract the wood from the drill bit.
I am going to install a Jimmy Clewes 5/8″Quick Release Handle Adapter, so here I am measuring the depth to drill. A mark on the drill bit indicates the depth. Use a drill bit sized for the diameter of the Quick Release Handle adapter.
The tool rest is set parallel and close to the square blank to prevent the wood from spinning as I drill. I first saw this method done by Cindy Drozda. I am sure others have used this method before.