DIY awls from old screwdrivers (recycle).

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DIY awls from old screwdrivers (recycle).
did MaFe eat mushrooms?

I always look with envy when I see your wonderful long awls in the US, here in Denmark we don’t have a tradition for that, ours are short and thin (yes we do talk wood working please).
So it was time for me to make a go on this.
First some old screwdrivers where the points were broken but the quality of the steel were fine. The smallest comes actually from an Old Danish awl that I by mistake put on fire with my torch one day… Need I say stupid idea!
Then the handles – lately I have been making handles for all kinds of workshop tools, and tried many shapes, not one is right, but for work with the hands pressure, I found that a shape close to the shape of a mushroom is wonderful to hold and use. It takes the pressure from the hand into the tool, and is easy to grip and hold. Of course I do not need to hollow up into the shape, but this just gives it this little extra mushroom look, some fairytale in the workshop, and how can I resist that!
So some wood scraps and a spin on the lathe.
If you don’t have a lathe simply put a screw in a piece of wood and use your drill press or table mounted drill as a kind of lathe.

There is an example to drill press turning here:

1. Two recycle awls.
2. This is why the shape.
3. This one because I am a child…
4. Old screwdriver grinded into a point.
5. Braking the handle.
6. I do find them wonderful.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even some little awls, or do we need to call them mushrooms now…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 12:18 AM

<- back from the mountains.

They are wonderful. I love the mushroom shape you put into them. A bit of farytale never hurts :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 12:25 AM

When you make something, you certainly give it your awl! :-)

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 12:28 AM

Hi Thomas, look forward to hear about this tour.
Yes if we put some magic in our lifes, life becomes magic!
Don, I smile!
Best thoughts from a cold Denmark, here even the sea are covered by ice now,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 12:32 AM

Nice mushrooms Mads. They look like FUNGIS to have around the shop. LOL

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 02:55 AM

good work Mads :-) as usual
great recycling … usual …lol
I wich I cuold plant you in a well equipt combiened maschinist/woodworking shop
and see you play in it all day long with 3-4 others from L J what a blast it cuold be
to follow you throwing new creative solutions after us :-)

thank´s for sharing Mads
take care

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#6 posted 02-21-2011 03:03 AM

Very nice! Tool handles are one of my favorite projects.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 03:09 AM

Awl three of them look fine to me.
Keep going sir, you are an inspiration. This is fun to watch.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 03:32 AM

Clever and humorous shape. Made me laugh. They must look pretty funny/cute all lined up in a wall rack. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 02-21-2011 03:46 AM

I like them because you used recycled material and priorly because of the mushroom design of the handles. They look so comfortable.

Mads, I think because of you most LJs have a long list of to-do stuff!!

Thanks again.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#10 posted 02-21-2011 04:52 AM

I like the shape of things to come.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#11 posted 02-21-2011 10:08 AM

Great idea, Mads! I have a few really long broken screwdrivers that I’ve saved (apparently) waiting for you to give me a good idea with what to do with them. Ha Ha I agree with Serge (Bricofleur).... I have a very long list of to-do things…. thanks to your clever inspiring blogs.

Keep it up… I have no qualms with making things that I can use to make more things. ha ha

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#12 posted 02-21-2011 10:11 AM

Nice Three Mads

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 02-21-2011 10:27 AM

Mads I have just read all the comments on these & there are so many puns from LJ’s there’s not mushroom for any more comments except to say great recycle job & the handle designis great ,comfortable for pushing in & the cap shape makes it easier to pull the awl out good thinking

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#14 posted 02-21-2011 04:02 PM

Great ergonomic shape on those awls, and with those goblins and gremlins lurking, a little extra fairytale
in the shop always helps. I have recycled screwdrivers as awls, but I never finished the projects with
handles, now I will correct my oversight. Thank you for sharing. Winter has decided it was not finished
with Montana either, the ice is not too bad, but we are going from 50 degrees above last week to more
snow shoveling and plowing this week. Oh well, spring can not be more than a month or two away. I
guess I will go out and fix my snow plow before I start to play with my lathe again.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 02-21-2011 06:09 PM

Nice Love the handles !!!

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

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