|Project by ChuckM||posted 01-12-2012 10:26 PM||1936 views||6 times favorited||2 comments|
Like pencils and squares, awls are one of the most reached-for tools in my shop. I have half a dozen of them (strategically placed everywhere so one is always available when I need it, especially by the drill press station). I saw this tip in an old issue of Fine Woodworking of turning a mechanical pencil into a retractable awl. Clever shop ideas must be shared!
A 2mm mechanical pencil (from art supplies stores, if your office stationery stores don’t carry it; I got mine from eBay—seller located in Thailand!)
A 5/64” dia. drill bit with its end ground pointed
My grinding method:
I held the bit in a block (a hole slightly larger than the diameter than the drill bit is drilled at an angle) and sharpened the end on a sander disc by rotating the bit into the spinning disc.
Now, with one mechanical awl always in my apron, I know I will never be short of awls.
(Note: The steel point scriber can reverse for storage in the handle – http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=65175&cat=1,42936)
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