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    So, I have been restoring brushes for a few years now. Love that process of breathing new life into old discarded equipment of yesteryear. This is a familiar theme for us wet shavers. Recently, however I began to make my brush handles from scratch. I had some scraps of exotic wood and glued them together and without a lathe (or lathe skills) used my various shop tools to come up with something that I liked using a lot. I then began to experiment with other techniques and was able to use a drill press and a mandrel to actually turn a few pieces using rasps for shaping dowel blanks. It's not a lathe, but I got some good results I would like to share. Any constructive criticism is welcome.

    Here are some restores I did:















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    Sorry, ran out of picture limit on the previous post.

    Here are the other restores:







    And here are my shop-made ones.

    This is the first one made with a table saw and a sander. The finish is two ton epoxy painted on thick. It's like glass. I like this finish.



    Here are some drill press turned pieces:





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    These are all gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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    Nice work!!! There are some real beauties there.
    Gerry

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    As you can see, I am partial to two band badger. These are all TGN knots. I absolutely love them. Have not had a bad one yet, though they have changed over time and I do prefer older ones, with straight ends vs hooked ends better. Still, these are phenomenal brushes. Some of the ones I made were direct competition to a $185 Chubbie two band. I love Simpson brushes and all, but a custom made brush the way I like it at a third of the cost is enough to keep making my own.
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    All your brushes are awesome!!

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    Those drill turned pieces are stunning. For the last three pics (3 colored wood? of some sort) what material did you use? I love those patterns.

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    Very nice. Used what you got and made some nice brushes, love it. Did you texture the Duck brush or remove some dents ? I have an M3 with black badger. Love the black and silver combo and your white tips look fantastic.
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    They all look fantastic - great job. I like every brush you posted.

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    They are all great, but I think I'm in love with the metal one!

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