Marking Awl

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Project by JDCDDesign posted 11-28-2016 03:27 PM 1401 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys! This was a fun little lathe project i made. I was tired of using nails to mark the centres of my holes before drilling so i decided to make my own awl!

I used African rosewood for the handle, a brass fitting that i then turned down on the lathe and a old masonry bit i had laying around the shop for the shaft! Im sure you noticed the flat spot on either side of the handle, this is so the awl itself wont roll off my bench.

Also i made a Youtube video on my making this awl so check that out!

-- James, Victoria, BC

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#1 posted 11-28-2016 05:29 PM

Very beautiful tool and nice addition to your shop. Thanks for the share.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 11-28-2016 06:50 PM

This is a beautiful shop made tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 11-29-2016 12:40 AM

The masonry bit really gives it a unique look. Very nice.


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#4 posted 11-29-2016 02:52 AM

Nice work, have used one for years I made on the lathe, round. Never considered a shape to keep it from rolling.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 11-29-2016 03:39 AM

Very nice. I also like the look of the masonry bit.

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#6 posted 11-29-2016 05:39 AM

Great idea and very well done, also the marking knife. Inspiration.. just what I need. It amazing what we often use, when we could make a tool for the job in little time.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 11-29-2016 07:59 AM

Very nice. I wondered where the “unicorn horn” came from.

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#8 posted 11-29-2016 03:40 PM

Thank you! Im glad you enjoyed

Very beautiful tool and nice addition to your shop. Thanks for the share.

- Northwest29

-- James, Victoria, BC

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#9 posted 11-30-2016 01:59 PM

Nice design, love the unicorn horn pun!

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#10 posted 11-30-2016 02:30 PM

Good idea on the masonry bit. I have a bunch of old ones I’ve been wondering what I could use ‘em for. Thanks for sharing.

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