|Project by USCJeff||posted 11-02-2011 05:07 AM||1250 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
The method of making this one is more or less the mainstream way to do it. Not a whole lot of elements I can credit myself with.
The wood is Mahogany. I started out with a 6” length similar to the size of a pen blank. The wooden part itself ended at about 5.25 ” after turning and such. The goal here was to keep it small. It fits my hand in a manner that gives good control. There’s better designs for marking large areas or sheet goods. This is more of a finesse tool I use for dovetails and more intricate parts.
The ferrule started out as a standard hexagon nut. I drilled out the interior of the nut to make a 5/16” hole. I then did some very rough grinding on a grinder (little thing gets hot fast) and then used my Worksharp 3000 to sand it to a circle. I used lathe powered buffer to give it more of a polished look.
The blade is a jig saw blade. I used a planer knife prior and found the jig saw blade was easier to work and just as stable for the job. Grinding off the teeth and coating only takes a few minutes on a grinding wheel or stationary sander. I used both. The bevels were made freehand on the Workshop unit. I didn’t get carried away with sharpening it. It doesn’t need to be sharpened like a chisel for it’s function. I used some epoxy on the tang and ferrule to ensure all stays still.
-- Jeff, South Carolina