I decided to make a marking knife from an old saw blade and some plastic bags. I really like how the blade turned out, but I’m less than thrilled with the handle. I will most likely figure out a different way to do it and then remake the handle. Leave me a comment if you can think of a better method. Here is a video of how I made it. View on YouTube
It is only Tuesday and I am tired. I have been feeling under the weather lately, but I made some decent progress today. I put the saw till aside for now and will get back to it when I am ready to carve the next piece as well in the interest of efficiency. I worked up a piece of Paruvian Walnut that had been sitting in the back of the shop for the case top and bottom of the tool cabinet. I chose to do it next as I wait for my bench hardware to arrive. I could have definitely used a moxon vise ...
When I was new to woodworking, I didn’t see much use for marking knives. But, people whose work I admired used them regularly, so I tried them. And my joinery improved. Marking knives have contributed to tighter, more accurate and better-fitting joints for me. Mind you I’d prefer to own one of these exquisite beauties by Blue Spruce Toolworks: But the $65+ price tag was more than my limited tool fund and priorities could bear. So I drafted knives lying around. And I made a couple of...
Hi everyone. Another quick Blog to share a marking knife I just completed. Have had this Hock blade sitting in the shop for a year, and decided to put him to work since my other main knife has a round handle and rolls badly. This blade has a full-tang, so should make a stronger user! I didn’t care for the square edges on the original blade, so used french curves and a sharpie to lay out a few nice curves. A quick trip to the grinder, and I had a sexy shape to play with. I also...
Stumpy takes you back to a time of simple woodworking pleasures! This time he shows you how to make your own marking knife and how to use it for a lot more than marking! Then he demonstrates how to use a traditional mortising chisel. All this and everything else that has made Stumpy Nubs videos among the most watched in woodworking! The Old Timey Workshop is a monthly podcast produced independently of Blue Collar Woodworking. It will feature woodworking projects built with the tools an...
This might seem totally obsessive, but I am an efficiency Nazi in my shop. Wasted movements drive me crazy and any time I can get into a habit that saves me a few seconds it makes me happy. This is of course especially true in the case of repetitive tasks. One such task is marking the layout lines of a board to cut it square. If you have been working with hand tools for even a short time you have probably heard to “Reference only from your true face and true edge”. This is sage wisdom, but...
Last week when I was in Denmark, I popped in to see Mads and after a terrific meal, we spent a few hours talking tools. Time passes quickly when you’re in good company and all too soon it seems, I was on the last train back to my hotel. During the evening Mads presented me with a present – a MAFE original marking knife, which as you can see, came with a smile. Mads made the knife to use Exacto blades, so eventually after many sharpenings, I will be able to replace the blade...
OK, I was not going to start this knife for a while, too busy….. but I could not help myself. (I might need help) I found a piece of spalted pallet wood. With heart and sap wood. I think it’s kinda pretty. (This one is for you Jusfine ) I bought a lathe about a year ago ($75, garage sale, including the chisels), but I never dared to turn it on. Well, last night was the night, and I am still here. For the knife I used an old sawzall blade, the same as I did with the ca...
I purchased the kadet version of the marking knife and decided I wanted the big one i.e. Fat Boy, but wanted the challange of doing it myself so I bought the kit. I will upload picture as soon as I figure a way to put them in here.
I decided that it’s time to tackle the knife handle I’ve procrastinated on. We have had a nice kitchen knife for years that really felt good in the hand, held its edge, and sliced very well. However, the handle rotted away and I decided to do my first handle replacement. I had a perfect sized piece of canarywood left over from box construction that will become the new knife handle. One surprise (see picture) was that the knife tang was a lot smaller that I anticipated. The blade top align...
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