Wormy Chestnut Carving Knife

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Project by Bertha posted 12-11-2011 11:03 PM 2881 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was fortunate enough to purchase some wormy chestnut from a kind fellow in rural West Virginia. He was getting out of cabinetmaking, shifting toward carving. To thank him, I figured I’d make him a simple carving knife. I ordered a blank from Hock some 4mm brass rod from McMaster. I turned it on the lathe then split it with a pullsaw (after some deliberation at handplanes-of-your-dreams. I drove the rivets, trimmed them, and shaped the handle with handtools (the future owner is a BIG man, so the handle is quite stout). I wetsanded it with dark walnut danish oil up to 400 grit but maintained some gouges and imperfections. I shaped the blade just a hair on the Tormek then sharpened it up on a scary sharp plate up to 2500; followed by a rouged stropping. Made a tiny scabbard out of leather and green twine soaked in mink oil. I hope he likes it and thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 11:13 PM

Top job…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 11:21 PM

Nice work Al. If he doesn’t like it, I’ll bet you can give it away here on LJ ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 12:19 AM

pretty sharp!! :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 12:48 AM

Well done, the owner will no doubt, be happy.

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 01:00 AM

Great use of some beautiful wood.

I’m glad to see you doing some actual woodworking in between all the kibbitzing. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 12-12-2011 01:15 AM

Great handle, looks comfortable.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 12-12-2011 06:26 AM

Very nicely done ,Al . The wormy chestnut was a nice gift ,and it looks as if you have enough for some further interesting turnings or ‘projects’. Best wishes .

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#8 posted 12-12-2011 07:03 AM

Good looking tool.

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#9 posted 12-12-2011 07:12 AM

That’s a very nice carving knife.
The handle is certainly unique. The brass is a nice touch.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 12-12-2011 07:19 AM

I think it turned out to be a wonderful knife, Al. Nice job!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#11 posted 12-12-2011 01:50 PM

Great knife AL. It has a handmade look and that’s great.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#12 posted 12-12-2011 04:29 PM

looks dee-lux to me

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 12-12-2011 04:36 PM

Thanks guys! I delivered it to his Daughter this morning. I, of course, cut myself playing with it, so I know it works. I’ll let y’all know if he likes it:)

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

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#14 posted 12-12-2011 05:28 PM

Nice job, better idea, best knowing it will be used !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#15 posted 12-12-2011 05:31 PM

This knife is outstanding, Al. You do very nice work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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