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. ...
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 roughed out another spoon today. I was trying a different handle shape to get a feel for it. Playing with some curves. Also, I’m looking for good ways get a better finish on the spoon bowl. I tried sanding some. I need to get better at making smooth cuts to reduce the work required to finish the spoons. I am thinking of getting some curved knives. That or I need a wider/flatter bent neck gouge. I am thinking of a knife simlar to one of the curved ones from Pinewood For...
Drawknives restore and MaFe’s sheath types. we are back in Gepetto’s tool cabinet. This is part two of the drawknives restore and MaFe’s sheath type’s blog.In this part the handles will be mounted and we will make a sheath. This blog is dedicated to Andy (Brit) since I know he have a few on his way these days. This was where we left last blog, knife blades and handles. Break up the old, be careful not to bang your chisel into the metal! This old handle was act...
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 ...
Well, I promised pictures last time, and I have some..I started on the spring pole lathe, which is my big project for this summer/fall, and I decided after much goings on to not make a treadle lathe, meaning in this case continuous motion, but a traditional spring pole lathe, where the piece rotates once or more (hopefully many more) times, then back again. Why? I was inspired by a couple things, like poverty and such, but also after doing months of research into it, it’s just what appe...
Drawknives restore and MaFe’s sheath types. we are back in Gepetto’s tool cabinet. Some old drawknives from E-bay, it might seem to be trash, but with a little work they are back to life.Also I will show how to make a ‘sheath. This blog is dedicated to Andy (Brit) since I know he have a few on his way these days. Old stuff price a few Euros, and it is often possible to make buys like this.I know ‘trash to some’ priceless to others (me by the way). Ano...
What I wish I'd known before spending money on woodworking hand tools #2: Still more new or used... You decide.
This is the followup on my first posting concerning new vs. used woodworking tools. Bits, Braces and Eggbeaters Fortunately, for me, it wasn’t hard to find braces, either at flea markets, or antique shops. There’s a wide variety out there as well, so it’s not uncommon to find many variations of the same item. I’ve got several Stanley, Millers Falls, and Pexto models, and all of them have their good points. Since there were so many manufacturers, if you see one...
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 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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