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CARVING KNIVES SET: homemade but very special!

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 05-13-2011 08:51 PM 4058 views 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear Lumberjocks

I will tell you another thing about myself: in addition to being an amateur woodworker I love gunsmithing and toolmaking too. I enjoy putting together wood, steel and brass. Therefore I have been creating some simple weapons and tools whenever my primitive hand tools can accomplish my projects.

Today I am showing you a brand new set composed of three carving knives made out of old torsion springs of Volkswagen vehicles, which are known to be made from high quality steel. I shaped the blades roughly by using a high-speed electric grinding wheel in a very careful way in order to avoid any steel overheating, since those springs had been previously heat tempered at factory. So, I had to stop grinding at a certain point and to resume the shaping process by using a sequence of several oilstones of decreasing grits manually. I intentionally avoided copying those blade shapes that everyone knows and created my unique shapes, two of which are gouge-shaped. The blades are razor-sharpened, of course…

I designed their handles in the most ergonomic shape I could devise to fit to a natural hand palm grip and I hand carved them from scraps of Santos Rosewood (Machaerium scleroxylon).

Last but not least and paying homage to the recycling of noble raw materials, I added value to the whole project by building a customized toolbox out of scraps of Rio Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) sorted among very thin and narrow slips (most are 2/16’’ thick and 1 ½” wide) which effective short dimensions have determined the actual size of the box.

Only hand tools were used. The finishing was done with a personally prepared wax.
Dimensions of the box: 8” long x 5 ½” wide x 1 ¾” deep
Length of the knives: 7”

Visit my website: www.carving-in-wood.com

My email: dilofernandino@gmail.com
Best Regards,
Dilo

-- Dilo





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mpounders

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 08:58 PM

Beautiful work! Are they for yourself or someone else?

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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Bertha

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 08:59 PM

Wow wow wow wow wow! And WOW! They are beyond extraordinary. No time to talk, got to go look again:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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DaddyZ

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 08:59 PM

Very Cool !!!

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

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christopheralan

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 09:02 PM

Amazing work! Well done!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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Dilo Marcio Fernandino

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 09:04 PM

mpounders, Mike P.

The carving knives are for myself, although I do not need more than I already own.
Thanks,

Dilo

-- Dilo

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patron

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 09:26 PM

excellent work
once again dilo

is see you have two electric tools now

the past is catching up
to the future

wait till you sit in a reclining chair
with a vibrator
to sooth the back

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dilo Marcio Fernandino

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#7 posted 05-13-2011 09:37 PM

Hi Patron,

I feel honored to realize that you has been tracking my workshop “modernization” very accurately. Congratulations and thanks for your good mood!
Regards,

Dilo

-- Dilo

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jeffl

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#8 posted 05-13-2011 09:47 PM

Nice looking knives. They look like they’re comfortable to hold and use.

-- Jeff,

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patron

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#9 posted 05-13-2011 09:55 PM

it is my pleasure knowing you and your work

when ever some new member
talks about the problems of a small shop
or limited tools
and what to do

i give them a link to you

they are always amazed
and calm down
and get to work happy

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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mafe

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#10 posted 05-13-2011 10:02 PM

Looking good.
Nice work and beautiful design.
(I also love the hand driven orange beauty – that was a bit funny yes?).
I can see I have to get into this.
I have been doing some knifes you can see some here:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29955
Best thoughts,
MaFe

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

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Broglea

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#11 posted 05-13-2011 10:53 PM

Dilo – very nice. I’ve been thinking about starting to learn how to carve. It seems I should start by making my own tools first. Thanks for the inspiration!

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GaryK

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#12 posted 05-13-2011 11:07 PM

Now that is a great project! And with a grinder as your only power tool!

Fantastic!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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savannah505

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#13 posted 05-13-2011 11:11 PM

Dilo, you are a master at this, love your work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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58j35bonanza

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#14 posted 05-14-2011 12:42 AM

Great looking carving knives, and the box! Well done, I really like the how they are made from the same wood.

-- Chuck

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lilredweldingrod

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#15 posted 05-14-2011 12:59 AM

You are much to humble, Dilo. You are most definitely The Master. Your selection of wood and what you bring out of it is always amazing.

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