OWT - (Old Woman's Tooth)

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Project by parkerdude posted 06-02-2010 03:07 AM 4891 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I continue to be fascinated with shop made tools. This OWT (old woman’s tooth) was inspired by the work of Derek Cohen from Perth Australia. I’m getting interested in making boxes and embellishing them, inlays are in the future.

This is really the second one, the first one fell to the mistake of which side was the top. This second attempt was a lot quicker than the first, only taking about and hour.

It’s funny, I can’t find a source of individual allen wrenches to make the cutter, in these parts they are sold as sets with handles attached.

I need to refine the cutter and make a couple of more in different sizes.

Thanks again Derek, keep on blogging, it makes for a good read!


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#1 posted 06-02-2010 03:27 AM

Looks good cool tool

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 03:39 AM

beautiful tool. looks very comfortable to handle.

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 04:07 AM

Looks nifty but what is it used for? I have never seen something like this before. Pray tell!

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 04:15 AM

Nice OWT, too bad about the low availability of usable Allen Wrenches for the blades. You did a great job on adapting Derek’s design.

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 04:53 AM

nice work on this hand tool… I am guessing it is just a tool to add torque while using hex keys…

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 05:04 AM

Well done parkerdude

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 05:08 AM

What is an OWT used for? I have never see one before.
What size allen wrench do you need? I have lots of them from my days in the toolroom.
Can a piece of toos steel work as well. It seems to be a cutter for something?????

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 06:14 AM

Try McMaster Carr. They sell them individually or by the set.

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#9 posted 06-02-2010 06:28 AM

Great work

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#10 posted 06-02-2010 07:42 PM

Really cool, it’s this shape we used to use in Denmark. (I have two, can send you pictures if you are intersted).

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#11 posted 06-02-2010 07:47 PM

Here's a link showing some different ones, and how they're used. I admit I had to look this up.

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#12 posted 06-02-2010 09:11 PM

Really nice looking router-plane. The more you use it, the more uses you will find for it.

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#13 posted 06-02-2010 10:27 PM

Don’t you mean a grannies tooth that’s what they used to be called.If I remember correctly very nice.Alistair

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#14 posted 12-25-2010 06:33 AM

All it takes is an Allen wrench for the cutter? I’d love to make on for myself.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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