Little marking knife

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Project by DaddyT posted 02-04-2012 04:14 AM 2167 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have some dove tail marking to do so I thought I’d make a marking knife. Been practicing my dovetails a little bit, using my pocket knife to mark the lines. I had a small piece of metal left over from the push plow I made. The metal is only 2 1/2 inches long. I started by cutting a 45 degree angle for the cutting edge. Then ground it down for an edge. I cut a piece of walnut scrap I had laying around in half. I then carved out the shape of the blade so that it would fit snugly in the wood. Glued them together over night. This evening I drilled the holes for the 1/4 inch brass rod the holds the blade in place.Shaped the handle using the band saw for the basic shape, then on to the rasps, then sanding. Took it over to the sharpening station and got it pretty sharp. It’s 5 inches over all and fits very nice in the hand. I love this little guy! Put a coat of BLO on it and called it finished. Hope y’all like it, I sure do!!


-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#1 posted 02-04-2012 04:44 AM

Good job, looks like a great marking knife. Have fun making those dove tails.

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#2 posted 02-04-2012 04:48 AM

Outstanding job! I like it!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 02-04-2012 05:37 AM

I like it’s size and grip,nice job

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#4 posted 02-04-2012 08:09 AM

Nice design. It looks like it has better ergonomics than most of the commercially made marking knives.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#5 posted 02-04-2012 05:01 PM

I like the grip a lot. That will come in handy. There’s something very satisfying about making your own tools.
Saving it. Tanks for posting.

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 12:27 PM

Hey that’s a little beauty Jimi mate!

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#7 posted 02-05-2012 08:22 PM

Really a sweet little knife.
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 08:29 PM

I like this a lot, seems like the smaller size is very convenient. One question though: How is it possible to sharpen this? It seems like the scales at the front of the handle would get in the way.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 11:53 PM

I admit it can be a little annoying haha. But I just lay down some sand paper on that plate glass I have and just lap it a few times after I use it a few times. Keeps it in good cutting condition. But, now that I look back, I wish I had had a longer piece of steel to use.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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