Shop-made Precision & High Quality Marking Knife (under $1 a piece)

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Project by ChuckM posted 03-27-2016 02:13 PM 2368 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tried out a Swann-Morton scalpel as recommended by Paul Sellers and found it to be a good marking knife for dovetail work. I got the scalpel (sold as a handle alone) and a box of 50 blades (SM01) from a UK seller on eBay for about $20 Cdn.

After making a batch of 10 (out of scrap – cherry, walnut, etc.), I went on to make more and have given some of them away as gifts. These knives can be:
- precision marking knives
- hobby craft knives, or
- box cutters, depending on who receive them!

You can cut the blind channel on the tablesaw as I did, on the router table or by hand if you’re just making one or two (like cutting a hinge mortise). Make sure the channel is carefully cut so the blade sits snugly and tightly in it.

Caution: These SM01 blades are super sharp.

You can use other blades to make your own knives:

- Stanley Utility Replacement Blade 11-041

- X-ACTO blades

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#1 posted 03-27-2016 02:30 PM

great post – very informative and helpful

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 03-27-2016 02:43 PM


-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#3 posted 03-27-2016 05:08 PM

A very nice and affordable shop made tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-27-2016 09:17 PM

I work with these kives for more than 20 years.
They can break easely..
think on your eyes!!!!!!!!


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