Yesterday’s lengthy (3 hour) appointment with my good friend and client yielded a surprised tip at the end of the session: Top - Bottom - I had shown interest in it when I first looked at her stash of vintage tools. I opted for my other choices mainly because I didn’t know if I would have cause to use this. At any rate, I’m happy to be its new owner and will clean this up and sharpen the blade for use. I would like to know who made this tool. The only marking I c...
Super happy with today’s goodies: 1. A Marples knife blade marking gauge. $7 2. Drawknife of unknown origin. $5 3. H. Wells moving filletster plane. $10 Head over heals about the plane. I’ve been scouring eBay and other sources for one just like this. Overall it’s in really good shape. Took it apart, cleaned it up and oiled the depth stop screw. I’ll need to sharpen the blade later. It’s got a small crack in the fence, which I just glued up and sh...
not much to see yet – i found a very rusty draw knife at an antique store and talked them down from $5 to $3 – here it is, as found…
With the blade form created (see the previous installment of this series); and the handles planned (see the installment before that), i set about adding handles and creating, essentially, a functional drawknife....Three millimeter thick, 20 mm wide, mild steel flat-bar was bent into the shape informed by the prototype i had made in acrylic plastic. And these steel-strip-handles were riveted to the file-derived-blade..The rivets were brass machine-screws which i ground the thread off of to bri...
I’ve been playing with spoon carving and thinking that being able to use a spokeshave and drawknife will speed the shaping of the handles. I have clamped the work to my carving bench with some success, but Mads's shave horse has inspired me to think about making a similar solution. I really do not want to tackle a full sized shave horse at this time and I did some thinking about how I could come up with something to use on my carving bench. I am thinking of making a jig simil...
I thought some people might be interested in my drawknife. It never dulls. Ever. This is a picture (below) of one of my draw knives. I have three but this one is special and very, very different. It was made around 1976 and has been used a lot. The thing is, I can’t dull it, and I can’t sharpen it. Now, I’ve never tried purposely to dull it. I’ve used it mostly to carve guitar necks in mahogany and maple. And I’ve used it on other things too but always respect...
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