|Project by bbain32||posted 11-01-2015 07:25 PM||968 views||6 times favorited||2 comments|
I saw another user here make a drawknife from a lawnmower blade:
I have been wanting one for a while, to remove bark from logs that I mill with my chainsaw mill. Since this is a tool for very rough work, it doesn’t have to be pretty. I do have a small charcoal forge, so instead of a torch to heat the metal, I used that. And instead of cutting the blade and gluing/pinning on handles, I knew I wanted to try the more traditional tangs with bent tips to hold turned handles.
The tangs ended up being easier that I thought to forge, although heating the tips and bending them over to hold the handles on proved quite tricky.
I turned the handles out of a piece a maple branch, it was well dried, good and hard and had very tight growth rings, so hopefully it stands up to some abuse. Finish on the handles is tung oil.
This was a 1 day build in 2 parts, in the morning I forged the tangs and ground/sharpened the edge, and after getting back tonight from taking the kids trick-or-treating, I turned the handles and put them on.