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"REVERIE HARP!" a new style of Harp from a kit #3: Making some carving tools.

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 08-04-2009 11:12 PM 2416 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1



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#1 posted 08-04-2009 11:17 PM

Wow first class.I have been given a number of years ago a large box full of metal blades which would be perfect for this, and I was thinking of using them eventually as micro lathe tools of carving or for overhead cutters in ornamental turning .I am glad you gave me a few ideas Kindest regards and God Bless to you Dick and lovely Barb.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 08-04-2009 11:29 PM

Pretty cool Dick, need a tool just make one. Just like that. All them years being an engineer paid off. Nice looking celtic knot too. Woowee, I’d be seeing in doubles trying to look at something that close. Do you ever use a magnifying glass? Real nice work. Gorgeous is more like it. m

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 08-04-2009 11:32 PM

Dick the harp is looking so cool my friend as for the knife and cutter they look goood also i like the way you worked out the design by going round your fingers great thinking out side the box so to speak

andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#4 posted 08-05-2009 12:18 AM

Dick: a great job making your own tools.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 08-05-2009 01:26 AM

sweet work Dick ,,,hope you are having fun

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 08-05-2009 01:59 AM

Wow. Dick you are a genious. Those tools look great and so does the harp. Can’t wait to see it done and a video made with you playing it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 08-05-2009 02:33 AM

Looks like some of the stuff we used to make as dumb gang members on the mean streets of New York City in the 1950s.

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#8 posted 08-05-2009 02:43 AM

fantastic. nothing like a handle that fits like a glove! custom fit is what woodworking is all about.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 08-05-2009 03:39 AM

Great project Dick super carving . I have had bad results drill a center hole while holding it the way you did.The side blew out and I had a nice hole in the palm of my hand. So be careful with those most talented hands of yours.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 08-05-2009 05:39 AM

Thanks for the nice comments guys.

And Jim, I just explained above, how I drilled out the handle, my way.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 08-05-2009 06:59 AM

Hey Dick
If it works for you great I guess I wanted to point out there dangers involved in hand held drilling.
Thanks for sharing as you always do. Your carving is great and super tool making too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 08-05-2009 12:40 PM

Hi Jim

Thanks for mentioning the safety factor.

If I was in town I would have clamped it up in my drill press.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 08-05-2009 07:29 PM

Your unfinished harp looks so good as it is. I can imagine how beautiful it will become after using your self made tools.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 08-05-2009 08:03 PM

Thank you Sharad,

You’re always so nice with your compliments.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 08-06-2009 12:16 AM

Great idea Dick. Thanks for posting. Nice work so far on the Harp

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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