Secondary Operations for Wooden Handles
Wood handle – secondary operations
Turned, molded, doweled, and shaped wooden handles are typically made to hold metal implements on the end which requires secondary machining specifically to fit and secure these parts.
These specific applications usually require custom machining to the ends of the handles via processes that include many of the following and their applications:
Thread: Secure and removable attachment for broom , mop, paint rollers.
End bore: Files and hand tools.
Ferrule: Strengthening of lateral pressure when implement is inserted into endbore.
Taper: Fits into rolled sleeve of garden implements, rakes, hoes, etc.
Round: The butt end of a long handle should be rounded for comfort and ease of use.
Tenon: Fits into round sleeve allowing flush mount of handle to the O.D of sleeve.
Crossbore: Typically done on opposite end for hanging on a hook in storage. These are also used in securing the implement into the wood with rivets pins or screws.
Finishing: Enhance the look, feel and durability of the wood.
Printing: Identify part number, application and brand identity.
Most tool designs start with development of the metal implement for optimized function and then ask the wood handle supplier to make things fit, function and look good. A well equipped handle manufacturing facility has the machinery for high speed production with minor upfront engineering and fixture costs to fit the ultimate design and goals of the tool. Frequently the handle manufacturer can suggest ways to reduce costs of the wood aspect, if flexibility is possible in the implement design and specifically method of fit. Ideally, knowledgeble and experienced staff on both parts of the wood and the metal creates the most cost effective and functional product possible.