Curly Bubinga Marking knife

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Project by Julian posted 2004 days ago 2361 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After reading many helpful topics and blogs on making a marking knife, I decided it was time to make one to call my own. I used an old 1/2” spade bit for the knife. I ground the tip to a 60 degree angle, with around a 45 degree bevel. I then cleaned it up using the scary sharp method, then polished it up with rouge and a buffing wheel. The curly bubinga handle was roughed out on the bandsaw then cleaned up using an oscillating spindle sander. Since I don’t yet own a lathe, I mounted the hande on my drillpress and went to work sanding it to its final shape. I applied 2 coats of amber shellac followed by a few coats of laquer. It is great finally being able to get precision marks on boards, instead of fat pencil marks.

Now to look on craigslist for a small lathe. The wife shouldn’t get TOO mad about that.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 2004 days ago

Nice job. Right away I thought you must have bought the blade but I didn’t get the 1/2” marking. Then I read you made it from a bit. Impressive.

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#2 posted 2004 days ago

Very nice marking knife and a clever use of whatever you have.
Great job

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Occie gilliam

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#3 posted 1866 days ago

nice i need one. i like the way you left the 1\2 on the blade

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#4 posted 1866 days ago

OOOOOO Bubinga nice Pen

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1393 days ago

best thoughts,

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

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