|Project by USCJeff||posted 10-30-2011 04:07 PM||1401 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
As the project title suggests, I made these more with function in mind vs. some heirloom looking hand tools that are also very fun to make. I’ve made a few tools that I absolutely love in regards to aesthetics, but I don’t use them much for fear of wear and tear.
I found these a nice compromise. Their all made of nice grain hardwood and look cool, but I didn’t go so far as to work out every little tooling mark. You can see the mounting marks on several of the handles for example.
As for the pieces, the Wenge Mallet and the 6 in 1 screwdriver (rockler kit) have seen a couple months of use. I like the fact that I used Wenge for the first time, but hated working it. It was a splinter every thirty seconds. The screwdriver is a Rosewood variant.
The three center files were from a cheap kit that included several files and a shared plastic handle. I use these three fairly often and made dedicated Mexican Cocobolo handles.
The Awl (prison shiv according to my wife) began life as a screwdriver until it met the grinder. The handle is Walnut. I use this one for marking centers of turnings after the lines are drawn. I shaped it similar to the point of my lathe’s head/tail stock.
The marking knife is the most recent. The handle is purple heart. The blade was fashioned from a chipped 12.5” planer blade I set aside. I used a combination of a grinder, Workshop 3000, and hand honing to shape it. The ferrule was from my “partial pen kit” drawer. I’m thinking it was from 10mm kit, but not certain. It required a little shaping as well.
-- Jeff, South Carolina