Personal clay tools
cutter, wire and new handles
I had some bad quality Clay Ribbon Cutters and was tired they bended also a cutter wire but with useless handles and this was why I got going.
This is what it is all about, making a simple personal wire clay cutter and a Clay Ribbon Cutter.
My wonderful daughter gave me this set for Christmas, after I had made the new cutter, so now I have a fine selection and can trash the cheap cutters completely, what a lucky dad I am.
(Andy I burned them, here because they have a tendency to fly away where I go with them, smiles).
Spin the lathe…
Ends fitted to the brass ferules, used the size I had.
Here comes the fun part.
Inside a car window washer there are a long thin stainless steel bar, this is really cool for many projects and can be found in the trash at almost every gas station.
This one I bend to the desired shape with pliers.
Drill a hole in the handle, so I can make sure my version will never fall out as the cheap once I had.
Cutting a dado for the cutter.
Now I can let the ferule lock the cutter in place.
Here we are, a cutter.
I also epoxy the ferule in place, but basically that is not needed.
To make it really sharp I now shape the cutting edge and the cutter are ready for use.
The wire cutter handles are turned and I drill a hole through the center.
One side just a wee bit smaller than the wire and half way through from the other side, with a bigger drill for the securing.
Then loop around a wee piece of spring, to secure it and tighten in.
Here you can also make a knot if you use fishing sting instead of wire.
(The advantage of wire are that it is more easy to untangle.
So that’s it folks!
My Personal tools, it is a extra joy to use something your own hands have made, at least for me.
I also use these painters tools a lot for the clay, but did not like the bad quality lacquered handles, so I decided to upgrade them while I was at it.
First the old handles had to go.
One of them got a new handle same shape, but a wee bit bigger to fit my hand better.
Like so after oil, polish and wax.
The other I wanted to be a palm fitted tool, so it got a small round handle.
Here they are in my clay tool box.
I have been using the tools for a while now and are really happy with them.
You might also be interested in my Clay rolling and cutting board: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99038
Hope it can inspire others to make their own tools or bring more life to existing once.
The best of my thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.