I haven’t got much done yet on the Celtic Knot carving.
We’ve been up at our cabin,
& there’s a lot of upkeep that hasn’t been done in the last couple of
years, so please be patient with me.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is how far I’ve gotten so far.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I started getting sore fingers from this knife I’ve been using.
So I decided to make something to more ergonomically fit my hands.
I had this Cummins engine fuel injector plunger in my tool box.
It’s made out of high quality tool steel. So I ground it down to a knife.
Then I proceeded to making a wooden handle by drilling out a stick of wood.
When drilling like this, I start out with a 1/8” bit, & then in steps by 1/16” at a time. Also make sure you keep running the bit in, & out cleaning out the chips so it won’t grab, & spin out of your grip.
Here’s the drilled out piece with the new knife alongside it.
Installed, and ready for shaping.
Marking a pattern to fit my hand.
http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff273/Chipncut/Making%20Carving%20Tools/DSCN0375.jpg! It’s a very comfortable fit.
Someday I’ll sand it up, & put a finish on it, but I’m going to give it a test run first.
I can tell you one thing. The injector plunger steel sure holds an edge.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I also made a chisel for carving out the background material inside the knot.
It’s made from a 1/4” spade drill bit.
I appreciate the photo work by my “Sweetie”, Barb.
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