Shop-made marking knife

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I decided not to spend the big bucks on a store-bought marking knife…with inspiration from many here on LJ, I decided to make my own. I started with an old jigsaw blade, which I ground to the shape I wanted (with a double-bevel), and honed to a fairly good edge with silicon carbide sandpaper on a smooth granite floor tile from Home Depot. I cut a couple of strips of scrap maple (salvaged from some unfinished cabinet doors that a friend gave me many years ago), chiseled out a space for the blade to fit, epoxied them together, then went to work with a rasp and sandpaper. The shape is simple, but comfortable in my hand, and flat enough that it won’t roll on the benchtop.

-- Doug, Kansas,

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#1 posted 1247 days ago

very nice I might have to make one of these my self

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#2 posted 1247 days ago

I am thinking about making one too I like the design of this one.


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#3 posted 1247 days ago


-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 1247 days ago

nothing is like homemade tools to use
and when its looking good like this …. :-)

take care

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#5 posted 1246 days ago

Ditto, Dennis.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 1246 days ago

Beautiful tool. Paul

-- Take your time and do it right once.

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#7 posted 1246 days ago

Reminds me of the shanks they show on those prison shows, but with much better craftsmanship. Nice idea – think i’ll make me one.

-- Life is a one lap race.

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#8 posted 1096 days ago

I feel the same way. The store bought ones are nice, don’t get me wrong, but i would rather spend my money on a tool i cant make. I’ve made a few of these and they are actually fun to make. Your blade is really nice. I think i’ll have to select a better material for my blades. Thanks for posting this, it’s an excellect marking knife.

-- Anthony

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