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Project by Brit posted 01-04-2015 06:09 PM 1703 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quick project prompted by the fact that after sharpening the larger of the two drawknives shown here I cut myself putting it away. So today I determined to take an hour to make a couple of protectors to prevent the edges from knocking against something they shouldn’t and me from getting cut.

I used an offcut of sapele. For the large on I ploughed (English spelling) a groove with my Record 044 and then plugged the two ends of the groove. On the smaller one, I used my 1/8” mortise chisel to chisel out a mortise. Chamfered all the edges and drilled a couple of holes in each one so I could thread some jute string to tie them on.

Thanks for looking.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)





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mafe

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#1 posted 01-04-2015 06:30 PM

Wonderful Andy, nice work on these and best of all, you will have a sharp edge when you need them.
Were you moonlighting? The light looks like it.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

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

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#2 posted 01-04-2015 07:44 PM

very nice, Andy!
love your 044…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Brit

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#3 posted 01-04-2015 08:54 PM

Mads – It was dark when I took the photos, so I only had my existing artificial light which is not enough. I’m going to add eight downlighters giving me up to 400W additional lighting which should be more than enough light to do anything. I’ll probably make them switchable, so I can turn some of it off if I want to or change the directionality of the light.

Terry – That plane came with my wife. God knows why she had it, but I’m not complaining. I need to add a supplementary wooden fence to it.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#4 posted 01-04-2015 09:07 PM

Yes I could tell from the light it was evening and made me imagine you had a wonderful time.
I use what ever light in the room and the 580 Canon flash pointed away from what I photograph, usually that’s enough, but once in a while the light reader are wrong so I get a dark picture, so I always look on the screen as the picture are taken. I can see that the light changes slightly from where I am in the shop, since I have many different light sources, but I am quite happy in general.
I like to have a focused light where I work and then not too much light in general, think it’s because I feel like a cave then.
Best thoughts.

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

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mafe

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#5 posted 01-04-2015 09:14 PM

I use a free photo program for most editing PhotoScape or if I need to do better I use Gimp since this is more advanced but also less intuitive and fast. I usually only lighten up or sharpen the images a wee bit, then the PhotoScape has a auto function, where I can resize them all in on go.
Used to work in Photoshop for many years, but since I have to buy it my self now, I think the prize tag are to crazy.

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

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#6 posted 01-04-2015 09:42 PM

Andy, must be a confluence thing across the pond. I nicked myself putting a drawknife away this morning. So in keeping with my usual lazy self I WILL steal your idea. Don’t have a 44 so a 405 will have to do! Nice work.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Brit

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#7 posted 01-05-2015 04:59 AM

Go ahead Kevin. Glad to provide some inspiration.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#8 posted 01-05-2015 05:02 PM

Artful in their elegant simplicity.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 01-05-2015 06:04 PM

I really like your blade guards, and they look like they belong in the wood shop. Mine are just strips of an old garden hose … yeah, they look tacky nest to yours.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 01-05-2015 06:28 PM

Well I have to admit Andy that after reading the title of your post I was expecting some tough looking guys wearing some kind of super costumes, but I have to say you wooden protectors should do the job just as well, and they are certainly better looking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 01-06-2015 07:44 AM

Much better than the piece of rubber hose I’ve been using.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Brit

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#12 posted 01-06-2015 09:39 AM

Thanks guys. For me, these little projects are perfect for those days when you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to your hobby, but you really want to get your woodworking fix. No measuring or accuracy required. Done in around an hour and you made something worthwhile out of scrap.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#13 posted 01-07-2015 03:13 PM

Great to see you making shavings again Andy!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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