Versatile Bench Knife

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 943 days ago 3473 views 17 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear Lumberjocks,

I still am toolmaking!

I have an old bench knife for all purposes that I decided to “refurbish” too. I started by grinding it on coarse sandpaper and smoothing it with a tiny sanding drum, followed by sessions on oil stone and Arkansas stone to the point it got razor sharp.

The multiple usages of that bare flat tool have demonstrated me that it is not pleasant to grip. So I devised a comfortable and versatile handle destined to attend to those different usages, from marking to carving. According to my observations the length of the blade is the most important feature required for each usage, so my handle allows the blade to slide forwards and backwards by simply unwinding two little screws which hexagonal nuts were housed on the opposite side.

I made the handle from a Rio Rosewood leftover using hand tools only, as shown in the photos. That kind of rosewood is so hard that it can shaped with files as if it were a slab of metal. Also its surfaces get shiny just after sanding and scrubbing with steel wool.

Dimensions of the handle: 5” long, 1 ½” wide, 7/8” thick.

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-- Dilo

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#1 posted 943 days ago

well done dilo

your skills are just amazing !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 943 days ago

good job a useful multi handle.

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#3 posted 943 days ago

Beautiful tool you have made Dilo.
A classic example of a craftsman’s tool that he is proud to own and use .


-- Kiefer 松

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#4 posted 943 days ago

I like your idea to let the blade float so that it can be adjusted as need. The shape looks comfortable as well. Nice job

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 943 days ago

Can you elaborate on what lengths of blade you use for what tasks?

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#6 posted 943 days ago

Another project I am going to try and copy from you my friend.
I very versatile and useful item indeed.
Thank you Dilo!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#7 posted 943 days ago

hmm… good use for old jointer blades!

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#8 posted 943 days ago

Great handle design.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#9 posted 943 days ago

Well, for once you have posted a project that just possibly one of us could copy. :-) Very nice!

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

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#10 posted 943 days ago

The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous workbench top. It looks like there is a lot of history and character in it. Then I followed the story and pictures and I could also see the character and history behind this project as well. Very nice!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 942 days ago

Wow! Wonderful. What a great way to be satisfied having made such a nice tool and having such good tool to use. Thanks for sharing your project and also for the inspiration. It’s about time I sit down and make hand tools! I hope Mafe will see this one.



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#12 posted 942 days ago

That is truely a nice knife you made there.
And so nice to see the way you work also.
(Brico thank you for the notice, I meet the most wonderful woman so I am not so much online these days, smiles).
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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