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Project by Indiana_Parrothead posted 10-18-2009 02:10 PM 1762 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very simple project that any turner can do in about half an hour. I got tiered of using the punny little Stanley scratch awl that I had. The point was bent and it was just not substantual enough. I made this one using some everyday materials that I had around the shop.

The wood is Ziricote, the point materal is just 1/4” cold rolled steel and the ferrul is a 3/4” copper water line fitting. I turned the wood down to the size and shape that I wanted and then glued the ferrul on. I then drilled the hole for the point and sanded the handle and ferrul together to 800 grit. The point was ground down on a slow speed grinder to the shape and then further refined on the Tormek. Then I chucked up the point in my lathe an sanded/polished the point to 800 grit. Then just used CA glue to glue the point in. It is finished with 4 coats of spray lacquer.

Very simple and fun to make. I am sure it will be better than the little Stanley that I had and come in very handy.

Mike

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.





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StevenAntonucci

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#1 posted 10-18-2009 02:18 PM

Did you also harden the point? I di my tools with a MAPP torch and mineral oil. If you turn, you should make one in 1/8” too, with a bent point. They are great for picking bugs out of wood when you run agross them!

-- Steven

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#2 posted 10-18-2009 02:27 PM

I didn’t harden the point. It actually seemed pretty good. If I find in the future that I need to I can do it then. But thinks for the good point (pun intended) lol…

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#3 posted 10-18-2009 03:38 PM

Nice job : )

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 04:40 PM

Hi Mike,

I did not harden the point of my first awl and I had to regrind it and harden it because after several month, the point was bent. The quenching is really all you need : turn it (cherry) red hot with a torch and then dip it really quickly into water or oil, swirl your tool in water for a good 5 minutes. It should be harder than your file now.
I did not feel the need for tempering my awl as I do for my turning chisel since I don’t mind it being brittle (it’s not a cutting edge per say).

Hope this helps

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#5 posted 10-18-2009 04:42 PM

Looks good

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#6 posted 10-18-2009 08:22 PM

That looked like a fun and useful project. Turned out looking really good.

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#7 posted 10-19-2009 11:11 AM

Nice job.

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#8 posted 10-21-2009 02:00 AM

Mike,
Nice scratch awl, it should come in handy.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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