Hand Tools for the Hand

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Project by cut3times posted 03-05-2010 04:46 PM 2472 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lot of times we buy hand tools at the store because we like the way it looks, it is on sell, or we need one quick. I have drawers and walls full of them. I have found that there is no greater pleasure in wood working than using a tool that I made and it performed the task as intended.

When I make a tool I do not make it fit my neighbors hand, my co-workers hand, or for that fact your hand. I make it to fit my hand. I usually start by surfing the net looking at all the shapes of a tool I can find. I then form the tool in the general shape I want and then keep putting my hands on it in the position it will be used as I complete the form. The tool should feel good in my hand.

I added a thumb notch in the mallet that gives me more control when tapping a chisel. This mallet is only used on chisels with leather on the handle. It is not used for heavy scoring.

The scratch awl feels good when I use it to make a starting hole for screws or scoring a line.

I think you get the idea. I just thought I would throw this out to ponder and hopefully get you to make your own custom tools if you have not already.


-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#1 posted 03-05-2010 04:49 PM

excellent the cover for the knife, great idea.

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 05:05 PM

Excellent tools and I love that quilted maple in the last picture.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 05:48 PM

Fantastic tools, I just made my first marking gauge. Hope to follow up with a few more thanks for sharing.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 06:21 PM

Nice Tools !!! Love the Marking Gouge

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 03-05-2010 06:36 PM

Those are attractive looking tools.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 06:45 PM

I agree completely. While I have only made a few tools so far, somehow the work I’m doing is much more enjoyable when I can use a tool I’ve made myself.

Well done.

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#7 posted 03-05-2010 09:01 PM

Your creations combine beauty and functionality. Excellent work!

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#8 posted 03-06-2010 01:18 AM

boy i would like to have that knife

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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#9 posted 03-06-2010 12:34 PM

excellent work! I am going to have to try one of those marking gauges, i’ve always wanted to do that! Great job!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#10 posted 07-10-2010 11:19 PM

Great job on the tools. I like the dots on the awl, nice touch.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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