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Marking Knife in Beech Pallet Wood & Jigsaw blade

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Project by palaswood posted 09-22-2014 05:31 PM 2286 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been putting off handcutting joints due to lack of a decent marking knife. Ok i’m weird, I know, but still.

I’ve had this pallet wood board for some time, and I guess I never looked that closely at it because I thought it was oak. Turns out it’s beech. I’d never worked with beech so I cut it around the cracks and got a few cool boards for a box or something with some light spalting.


I found myself fascinated with this wood, which is very dense and pretty dang hard, turns and finishes well and has a nice grain that is relatively easy to work. I couldnt bring myself to put the scraps down, i just keep sanding up little blocks and knife blanks and such.

Then I cut a pen blank size off of a scrap piece of the pallet board, threw it on the lathe and turned a marking knife handle. Finished that with sanding to 2000 and Mylands sanding sealer & friction polish.

The salvaged jigsaw blade was ground on the 6” grinding wheel, coarse then fine. I cleaned it up with an oil stone, coarse and fine diamond cards and a leather strop with flexcut gold compound. I left a tiny bit of the saw tooth on one side, because, well, we should always remember where we came from :)

The copper was some scrap piping i salvaged from the metal shop next door at some point in the past. Sanded that from 600 up to 2000, then polished with the strop.

I slotted the tenon for the blade, put the ferrule on (it was snug) and just epoxied it all together. Not a show piece, but it will work for me. The blade is SHARP, and should stay pretty sharp; the high carbon steel of the jigsaw blade takes a nice edge.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram





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JanKrompan1

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#1 posted 09-22-2014 05:46 PM

Good marking knife. This is just the tool that I’m needing at the moment. I am going to make two of them, the other one is for my buddy Sammie.

Thank you for sharing.

-- Jan, Free State Province, South Africa

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 05:56 PM

Nice marking knife! That beech wood is very nice to work with and it is really beautiful when it is spalted. Leave some of it on the ground for a while and look at it in few months!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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exit116

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 02:01 AM

nice, I’ll have to see if any of my oak pallet boards are beech as well, thanks for posting.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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Roger

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#4 posted 09-23-2014 01:18 PM

Nice one. I just used a piece of saw blade that I had made up over a year ago for a marking knife. I’m so slow, I still haven’t made a handle for it yet. Sheesh, I’m s-l-o-w ! lol. Thnx for your build/s, and reminder for me to make a dog gone handle.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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palaswood

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#5 posted 09-23-2014 06:37 PM

Thanks dudes. Roger the handle is the EASY & fun part! Get to it! Ya dont even have to turn it, but its more fun I think.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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NormG

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 01:25 AM

Great reuse of the saw blade

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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