|Project by RusticJohn||posted 06-09-2014 04:53 AM||2091 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
Floats seem to be hardly known to woodworkers even though they cut smoothly and efficiently. These are some new ones I have just made. Mainly for smoothing down the larger detail on carvings. One is for cleaning up mortices on furniture. All are made from a recycled saw blade and an old discarded chisel. The handles are oak. I put a crank in two of the blades to make the tools easier to use in awkward places.
Its is not difficult to make a float albeit with some careful filing required. I soften the steel right down, file the teeth using triangular files in descending size and then re-harden the blade. People say the last step is not necessary but I found that it is. I could not get sharp teeth with and edge to them on the soft steel.