Marking knife for Dovetail Themed Tool Swap - 2015

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Project by sepeck posted 03-03-2015 04:10 AM 1000 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I joined the 2015 Dovetailed Themed Tool Swap and had a lot of fun. My swap item was a marking knife (blade from Czeck Edge).

The knife itself is walnut and is the 5th design I attempted. It was rather frustrating for a bit both on design and finish so I ended up learning quite a bit. I got some inspiration from SHaneA's Awl and Marking knife swap on the handle shape so tossed the attempt number 4 and ended up happy with number 5.

Finishing I ran into some frustration because it simply wasn’t as smooth as I thought it should be. The awesome part of being in the swap was all the advice you can get while doing this so I got some. The finishing ended up sanding progressively from 150, 240, 320, 400, 600, 800 grit sandpaper with mineral oil. Then went to 0000 steel wool and oil. I had some Mylands hybuild friction polish and then waxed it.

The screw driver was a bonus item (big leaf maple handle finished the same way). I intend to order some of those micro mesh sheets for higher grit sanding in the future.

The swap was fun and really pushed me in areas I hadn’t planned on going yet so I picked up some neat new skills and ideas. I also have learned about some areas I need to work on which is also a good thing to know. If you haven’t joined a tool swap yet, you really should try one. Lots of fun and it can challenge you in a good way.

This was the one I discarded. (It went on to became a test handle for some knitting tool my wife has)

This was oiled and sanded down to 300grit. I was kind of frustrated at this point. That’s when I got good advice

I experimented on the waste part, which was good since experimenting on the piece itself leads to disaster.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#1 posted 03-03-2015 05:04 AM

I’ve had a hard time getting a very smooth polish on walnut, as it’s somewhat soft and porous. Never tried sanding with mineral oil, looks like it gave you good results. The knife and driver came out great, nice job.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 03-03-2015 05:35 AM

Now I have a great marking knife and an awesome screwdriver

set up for my shop.

Thank you for your hard work sepeck, your efforts are appreciated.

Now to make a spot for new dovetail swap items.

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#3 posted 03-03-2015 07:01 AM

Great job! Waho will surely put these items to great use.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#4 posted 03-03-2015 09:04 PM

Oh, for the screw driver I followed Alan Stranton - As the wood turns video.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#5 posted 03-03-2015 09:10 PM

Nice, the Czech Edge kits are good stuff. Well done.

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#6 posted 03-03-2015 11:20 PM

Very nice marking knife sepeck. I really like the length of the blade.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#7 posted 03-05-2015 09:23 AM

Kudos for sticking with the job through all the versions, sepeck! Turned out well. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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