Blade and handle time

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I couldn’t stay away from the flamed maple I just got.  So I had to break into it and make something.  I guess its tools.  Went to my Dad’s shop and turned a few handles.  Making left and right, two handed, skew carving knives for me and a marking knife and birdcage awl for dad for Father’s Day.  Not sure if he will use them.  The awl is more likely to see action than the marking knife.  But its the thought that counts.  I hope it beats a card with a stupid witty saying.

Using some of the W1 tool steel I had.  Found my aunt’s old enameling oven that I may try to fix and see if it will work for heat treating.  If not, I’ll go with the torch.

Hoping this will keep me sane while I take breaks from french polishing.

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Made a rosette cutter…

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Made a rosette cutter while waiting for glue to dry on my soundboards. I had made a prototype out of rosewood scraps, but cracked a piece when tightening down the blade, so I made a new one out of aluminum. … Continue reading

Little tools are so cute!

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My first home made plane… Isn’t it precious! Just finished it.  Rosewood sides, not sure what the middle is.  Solid brass drawer pull cut down for the pin.  Didn’t really go off of plans, just figured I’d try.  Test cuts … Continue reading

A workout… with chisels

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My god!  Hours of sharpening.  Now I know why I was procrastinating.  These are all antique shop finds.  So I went from grinding wheel, to diamond plate, to 1000 & 3000 water stones.  Flattening the backs of these was a bitch!  But hopefully I won’t have to do that again for a long, long time.  Only did 5.  But I worked on the others before, so hopefully they won’t be as bad.  Not sure how old these are, but I would guess they’ve never been this sharp.

Damn my arms are sore!

Adjustable crosscut fixture

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Made a crosscut sled for my bandsaw.  Used it once, then thought about a modification to allow me to cut the two angles I need on my rosette. Pretty self explanatory.  Additional fence pivots and is held by the slotted arm. … Continue reading