New Handle for Gem Jr. Lather Catcher

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Jayaruh, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    I have always liked the wooden handles on the old lather catchers. Since I got my Gem Jr. Lather Catcher from @wchnu , I have toyed with the idea of making a wooden handle for it. So, after much thought, I jumped in and made a prototype.
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    I used a 3/4 inch dowel for the project. I found that a #8 sheet metal screw was an excellent fit for the Gem Jr. I drilled a pilot hole in the end of the dowel and screwed the screw in. I cut it off leaving about a quarter of an inch. It fit just right.
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    Then, I went to work shaping the handle.
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    On the next day, I made two more handles using my lathe. In the picture the one on the left is the one from above. The other two were made on the lathe.
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    I contacted @twhite to see if he could make me some ferrules for the handles. He was gracious and agreed. He made 15 for me. I am going to paint the first handle black and do something else with the others. I will also be using some different woods when I make other handles. Thanks, @twhite, for your awesome work.

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    Maybe someone out there would like to get in on a wooden handle for your lather catcher.
     
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  2. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    Jim

    I would love to get one from you.

    Tom


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  3. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    You got it, Tom.
     
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  4. poppi

    poppi Well-Known Member

    I have just been using the same razor. It is very mild to me and, although I like it, the shaves I want are not coming.

    A thought I had was that the handle is to short but finding a longer handle that will fit is really tough.

    I reckon what I'm saying is that I sure would like to get one of those handles if possible.
     
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  5. Jim99

    Jim99 Gold Water Shaver

    Jim, that's excellent work. I have a Gem junior lather catcher, but it has the metal handle. I'm interested.
     
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  6. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Makes me wish I had one........
     
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  7. GarnerPW

    GarnerPW Well-Known Member

    Jim's going to have to stop making brushes and start making replacement handles. I got two from him for a Schick Type G. They turned out great.
     
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  8. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    Jim can make anything. I want to be like him when I grow up.

    Jim you are a true craftsman.


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  9. Jorvaljr

    Jorvaljr Operation Daytona 8000

    Jim
    If you got an extra I'd like one. I find mine a little small
     
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  10. lloydrm

    lloydrm Well-Known Member

    +1
    you should make a few and sell them!
     
  11. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    That is possible, poppi. Just tell me the length you want.
    Another possibility. Any preferences?
    I hope I can keep track of you guys. I will make whatever it takes.
     
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  12. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    I want to be like Tom when I grow up.
     
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  13. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    Terrific job, Jim! You amaze me with your skills. Thanks for sharing and it looks like you may have found a niche market with all the interest showing up!
     
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  14. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    It turns out that these threads also match the Ever-Ready 1914 razor. So, if you have one of those, BING!
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  15. Enrico

    Enrico Well-Known Member

    Very cool! :bounce015:
     
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  16. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    Jim, you are a renaissance man. :happy088:
     
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  17. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Et tu brute?
     
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  18. Jim99

    Jim99 Gold Water Shaver

    I'm thinking that a replica with as close to the dimensions of the original handle would work. It looks like you've just about did that already.
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  19. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    I only have the picture to go by, but it does look pretty close. Thanks.
     
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  20. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    I can loan you a short wood handle to use as a guide. I have one on a 1910 Gem Junior Bar.

    It's kind of hard seeing all the razor molesting going on with the 14's and 12's though.
     
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