|Project by fernandoindia||posted 03-19-2012 04:47 AM||3403 views||1 time favorited||17 comments|
Since everybody seemed to enjoy the making of their own tools, with their own hands. and the using of such tools, I decided to make a try.
I made a sliding bevel square with two blocks of Palo Santo ( lignum vitae), and a 400 mm (16”) long and 2 mm (5/64”) thick piece of bronze.
The square handle measures 25mm by 25mm and 130mm long. (I made that measures to be easy to translate to imperial, which would be 1” by 1” by 5.125”. The blade itself is 190mm( 7.5”)
Making the handle was straight forward. Apply CA glue and drilled 4 pilot holes through the bronze ends and the wood. I insert two 2mm bronze rods in the end, and 4 bronze screws in the top ends. (Were the bevel slides)
The most time consuming task was the drilling of the bronze to make the guide
Well not exactly the drilling, but the filing. And I´ll tell you it was quite difficult to me to keep it perfectly straight. (Needless to say, I failed in that one too)
FInally I screwed a 0,25” bronze screw and a wing nut to lock the bevel.
Very happy with the outcoming. But with such piece of bronze plus the Lignun vitae wood, the bevel weights only 300 grams (10.6 oz). Almost a Mallet.
I started trying as a mallet, but end to the conclusion that both the bevel square and myself would be much better off if I decided to make a mallet for my own.
Continuing the Mads spree on hand tools.
Since I had some other pieces of LV and other hardwoods lying around (VIraró and guatambu) (Not so nice as Mads ones), I start some ripping planning and sanding. Made two glue ups of 12mm (0.5”) guatambu (Yellowish); 6mm (0.25”) viraro (reddish); 3 mm (3/8”) guatambu. A third glue up was a 13mm ( more than 0,5”) sorrounde by two 2mm (5/64”) viraro
I did also turned the handle consisting of a piece of LV and two of viraró. The LV had some holes from screws (Was some old flooring scrap) Before assembling and gluing it I didn´t bother since I thought the sides of LV were to be covered by the other wood. Fool of me, didn´t think what would happen after turning it !!. (Still happy since this handle will increase my pricing due to the environmental friendly approach, :). This environmental alibi is great for fool woodworkers, isn´t it?
After cleaning, sanding all the blocks, I cut in half the third block, and glued to the handle and one of the other.
I the make a 30mm hole with a Forster bit, and fill the holes with lead.
Following the final glue up, and cutting the angle, I finished with 5 coats of Linseed oil within 3 days.
The head measures 12.5 cm (5”) 8 cm tall (3 3/16”), and 6 cm (2 3/8”) wide. Total lenght is 34 cm (13 3/8”)
Total weight is 1,150 grams (2.5 pounds or 40 oz)
-- Back home. Fernando