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Project by WrathOfSocrus posted 09-09-2011 12:01 AM 1075 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first fine woodworking project in a while. My good camera died so I am stuck using a cheap one for a while. The blade is made from an old circular saw blade. I used to frame houses so I have a few old blades around and decided to try and make something useful out of them. The handle is made from a spalted branch of unknown origin. I was helping someone cutting branches that were sticking out over a driveway and happened to notice the marble figure in one branch and decided to bring it home to dry out last year.

I cut a kerf into the handle with a Marples back saw which wasn’t very easy. I will have to make a miter box for the saw as it is rather dangerous to use on small pieces. The blade fit pretty tight but I was worried about it working loose over time and decided to add a notch. The ‘key’ I added to fill in the kerf and help lock the blade in place is made from Ipe. The finish is Krylon clear glaze. I have used it before on some figured cedar and it really helps bring out the natural look of the wood without tinting it yellow.

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#1 posted 09-09-2011 12:03 AM

Cool. What are you intending to use it for?

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#2 posted 09-09-2011 12:38 AM

I am currently using this and another one in the works as birthday gifts. The next one will be larger and more curved due to the confines of a used 7 1/4” blade. I’m just getting some practice and looking forward to making a draw knife for bark removal from logs. There happens to be tons of good wood being wasted around here and unfortunately I only have room for so much of it! I was pleasantly surprised when I found this particular branch and after shaping it I was even more impressed with contrast hiding inside. I have enough left to make close to a dozen handles and all it will cost me is a few dots of glue, sandpaper, and a ton of elbow grease!

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#3 posted 09-09-2011 01:14 AM

You will have to make yourself a few carving knives and perhaps a marking knife while your at it.

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