|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 05-13-2011 08:51 PM||4868 views||4 times favorited||31 comments|
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
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