|Project by Babieca||posted 03-21-2015 03:34 PM||1032 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
I’ve decided to work on my basic skills and put a dent in the scrap bin by building up my arsenal of tools. They aren’t pretty, but they all work pretty well. After I use them for a while, I’ll have a better idea what I like and don’t and will rebuild them with some better wood. All are built with hand tools and the drill press. All finished with a couple coats of BLO.
Marking knife: I made a lathe attachment for the drill press and turned the handle out of a cherry scrap. The blade was cut out of an old circular saw blade. The one you see here is the second one. The handle on the first was too fat and the blade too wide to fit into tight spaces. It works better than the exacto knife I’ve been using as a marking knife.
Marking gauge: Cherry and a turned walnut knob. The blade is cut from the same circular saw blade as the knife blade. The beam isn’t perfectly perpendicular to the fence, but it doesn’t seem to affect how the tool works. I remade the fence a couple of times for this one until I got a size I liked. Lots of practice chopping square holes for the fence an the blade. I had been using a cheap pin marking gauge from HF and this works a lot better.
Square: This is the fourth one and actually came out square on the inside and outside edges straight from the glue-up. I got lots of practice cutting and paring the joint and getting it flat across the bottom was really tough. We’ll see how long it holds up. It does not work better than my combination square, but two out of three ain’t bad and I improved my skills a bit.
Next up: A router plane and a spokeshave!