|Project by FJPetruso||posted 11-02-2009 02:39 AM||2173 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
I’ve been using an awl made by MAC tools in my shop. It’s something I purchased for my work as a vehicle & equipment mechanic & has a plastic screw-driver type handle. I wanted to make an awl that has a nice design for working in my woodshop & have been eye-balling the awl kit with the brass fittings at Rockler for months but haven’t come up with a design that I wanted. Then I bought a book on Shaker tools at a flea market that has a very nice shaker style awl. I borrowed from that shaker style & made a couple of the Rockler awl kits. One I made with a cherry handle & the other with a Black Walnut handle. The handles have a modified Shaker Peg look. After finishing the first awl with the Cherry handle I modified the design & the Rockler instructions & gave the second hadle a counter bore to recess the brass knob on top & to give a 1/4 inch more length of wood to the handle. The Cherry handle has a maple stain & a satin finish. The Walnut handle has no stain, only a satin finish. They seem to have come out with a pleasing design & fit very well in the hand. I especially like the hefty feel that the brass fittings give to the awl. The brass fittings & wood grain give the awls a high dollar look.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"