|Project by palaswood||posted 09-22-2014 05:31 PM||2350 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
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