|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 01-28-2012 08:09 PM||3818 views||18 times favorited||12 comments|
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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