Axes, adzes and drawknifes #3: Drawknifes restore and MaFe's sheath types

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Blog entry by mafe posted 09-16-2011 09:12 PM 5546 reads 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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).

Another piece of scrap from a trashed parasol.

Marking the center.

Punch it.

Rock and roll.
I must warn you I am quite a beginner in turning so there might be different ways.

If you have a handle you like take the main measures and transfer to the new handle.
I just made one out of imagination first and will now make one the same.

Like so.

I freehand the rest.

Quite close, close enough…
I said it! I’m a beginner . lol.

Some ornamentation.

And a piece of steel wire while it spins will burn the wood so you get a color there.
Learned this trick here on LJ.

Amazing yes.

Sanding 120.



Some shavings.

Yes I’m serious, this makes a fine surface.
(Even I don’t try to make it perfect here since it is a tool handle).

Now I apply some polish with a little color inside, this for a polish and some patina.

A cloth.
Ok when I see this now I think I was too fast on the sanding…
But it’s a tool and this will give some grip.

Linseed oil, I love that stuff.


Carnauba wax.

Cloth. Wauuuuu….

Bees wax.

Spin – this is a finish that will last on a handle.

We got handles.

Then just another bunch.
Different types for different types of shaves, small once small handles that fit in the palm of your hand, big knifes bigger handles that you hold in the hand and can give a good strong pull.
We got handles.

I will split up the blog here for the slow internet connections.

Hope again to be able to share some energy, to perhaps even inspire others to bring some old tools back to life,

Best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 09:23 PM

I love the old tools coming back to life.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#2 posted 09-16-2011 09:33 PM

Perfect timing. You must be a mind reader. I have a carving drawknife that needs a sheath. I am also expecting to buy two micro drawkinvies next week and they will need blade protection.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 09-16-2011 09:42 PM

Dang Mads, it is a joy to watch you work. What love. What fun.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 09-16-2011 09:59 PM

I love drawknives. My first paying job with wood was building custom log homes in the Colorado Rockies. We were paid by the foot to skip-peel 100’ dougfirs by the truckload. Boy its fun to think back to those times….

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#5 posted 09-17-2011 12:47 AM

I was given an old draw knife that has been laying out in the desert for a long time. Evidently you have your spies out and working. I’ve cleaned part of the rust from it and the handles seem OK but are a bit loose.

It is hiding on the lower left hand corner on the door behind the ear protectors.

From looking at your pictures, I assume I can just peen the ends over on the dished washers on the handles to tighten them. My attempt to sharpen this thing was less than spectacular. So I will be looking forward to how to do this properly.

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#6 posted 09-17-2011 12:49 AM

You da man Mads. That’s a good trick with the wire. I haven’t seen that before.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 09-17-2011 04:27 AM

I need a lathe. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 09-17-2011 04:16 PM

Careful with that turning stuff….... it gets addicting. A lathe is extremely handy for making handles, knobs, not to mention mallets, bowls lamps, etc. and it’s fun too. I wouldn’t give up my lathe for anything. Nice blog, Mads, I don’t know where you find the time to do all these nice posts.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 09-20-2011 04:29 PM

Mads, what fun I have sitting on your shoulder watching you busy with your draw knives.

I must tell you a story. I was in an old museum in Northern California one time with the family. It was a train museum. There was an old nice lady keeping it. The kids and her got along well. And the conversation went to fixing and repairing things. My kids were bragging that anything going into our garage would get fixed, no questions asked. But the nice lady put a different spin on it. She had a dad that could do the same thing, fix anything broke. One day the old washer broke real bad. Her mom was very happy, it was an old washer, it did not have a lot of the new features on it, so she was looking forward to a new washer. Well her dad said wait a moment, let me take it to the garage. You can see where the story is going, sure enough, a day later dad came out of the garage all proud of himself. He fixed the washer. But nobody else was happy.

So Mads, what you do here is GOOD fixing, but not all fixing is good.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 09-20-2011 04:33 PM

Nice story Pabull and very true.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 09-20-2011 04:40 PM

Thanks Brit.

I hope it does not draw from the


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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