Curly Bubinga Marking knife

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Project by Julian posted 02-25-2009 04:34 AM 3812 views 4 times favorited 6 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 02-25-2009 05:17 AM

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 02-25-2009 05:50 AM

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

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 07-13-2009 03:18 AM

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 07-13-2009 06:16 AM

OOOOOO Bubinga nice Pen

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 07:56 PM

best thoughts,

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

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#6 posted 10-26-2014 04:24 AM

It is not the cost of the small lathe you (or your wife) need to worry about… It is all of the accessories that go with it that really add up! Chucks, drives, live centers, gouges, scrapers, grinders and sharpening jigs, steady rests, etc… BEWARE!!!

-- Ray Bowers

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