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Scratch Awl from Scratch

762 days ago by DanoP | 11 comments »

Decided to show how I made my awl Started with a cheap box store screwdriver (they seem to be made from decent steel), a brass fitting and a hunk of wood (in this case, a piece of redwood burl). Heat the shaft of a screwdriver with a propane torch and pull it free of the handle then heat it to red hot and let it slowly cool to anneal (soften) the steel. Mount the screwdriver blade in the lathe and grind to shape with a grinder or you can also work it more slowly with a file. grabbed a small branch and the fitting chucked it up in the lathe trimmed it down to a tight fit on the fitting Screw on the fitting, shape it with a round nose scraper and file then polish wi...

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