For the longest time I have gotten away with not needing a drawknife. Until now that is. A customer wants me to make a bokken which is a wooden copy of a japanese sword. This seemed like a decent excuse to buy myself a drawknife. once i got the tool off ebay I then set about making some new handles from black locust (I always find an excuse to use free wood.) Unfortunately after over an hour of work I screwed up the finish when I tried to install the steel rings that i salvaged from the ...
Drawknives. They can be expensive or cheap. They are used by green woodworkers and chairmakers (for the spindles). You can use them for taking bark off trees as well. With only a $1 railroad spike and some scrap lumber you can make your own drawknife. Also view a different way of placing handles on your homemade tools tangs. It must be noted that I do not condone taking railroad spikes off of tracks. It is illegal and you can get in serious trouble for theft and/or killed by a big freaking ...
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...
Having got the concept of how i was going to make my drawknife down in the form of the prototype that i showed in the previous entry of this series, i moved on to general shaping of the file. To turn it into the blade of the drawknife..I started with a file that had lost its job and sold its body, buried deep in a scrap yard..I wanted to use a file that didn’t taper at the tip (was rectangular) to minimize the material i’d have to remove to get to a dead-straight cutting edge. .An...
I was thinking of using an old file to make a drawknife blade.It’s pretty much the same size and shape.And made of the right steel.One would have to create a bevel and thus cutting edge. And flatten one face. Without overheating the steel. Like so:. But there’s a bit of a problem with a file – it doesn’t have handles or tangs to add handles to like a drawknife has.Of course, it’s possible to dedicate part of the file to becoming tangs:. But files aren’t tha...
I desperately want a drawknife. They’re difficult to find here in South Africa.I found and bought one that’s in pretty shocking condition. For the equivalent of $18.So my only hope to own a functional drawknife is to repair / recondition / restore the one I have.Despite how crazy it is I’m not just going to do the minimum to get a working tool out of it, i’m going to re-imagine the whole thing. Nothing major like going from straight to curved blade shape. But since i w...
One of our maples went down in the storm last night and I salvaged a few pieces. A couple years ago I took down a good size limb from this tree and it was nicely spalted. You can see some of it in my projects. Candle holderhttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/68810 Trivethttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/68811 Try squarehttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/74653 Screwdriver handlehttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/77933 Looks like this batch is only lightly spalted and mostly in the heartwood...
My old rear deck was falling apart. The ledger board was not treated lumber and had been installed withouta drip cap and was half rotted, since it is the first thing put up and the last taken down, the entire deck hadto be torn down. No pictures of this, it was just too badly built. The county building inspectors said that 4X4 post would be OK as supports, but then they wanted more 4X4 post bolted to the sides of the deckas guard posts to support the railing. I decided to simplify life and...
On any given sunday, you just never know what lies in the back of an old van or pick up truck when it comes to digging out old hand tools at a flea market. I usuallly try to visit my friend Ralph once a month to see what tools he has come across in his picks. Ralph gets around here and there during the weeks….and I am very sure more than a few old New Jersey barns as well as other interesting places are where he acquires things like he was about to showcase for me today. Yes…...
I am thinking of getting a set of drawknives built and I am wondering if anyone has any good recommendations. I am thinking of getting some vintage knives. Anyone have recommendations for Brand and other things to look for in the selection of drawknives? I have seen Greenlee, Swan, Wilkenson and some other brands. Is there a brand that excels? Are there good modern knives available? Also, I am looking for a bowl adze. I have seen one that I really like but it is quite spendy. ...
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