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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-06-2012 02:13 AM 1649 views 5 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a some awls I turned to kill a little time in the shop over 3 days. I had these small pieces of pretty wood and I liked the first awl I made and use it every day so I though I’d make a few more- some are gifts.
The left one is walnut and myrtle wood, next is osage orange, next is sycamore and the last one is box elder

I started with some 3/4” brass and made all the ferrules. then I turned the shafts on the Southbend lathe and hardened them with torch. I turned each wood blank to fit the ferrule and glued them all on with epoxy. Then I turned the shape on each one. I drilled out the fronts with a 1/4” drill and epoxied in the shafts. I put a 1/4” plastic collet in my lathe chuck and held them by the shaft and finished off the bottom. Then I step drilled them with a 1/2” and then a 7/16 forstner bits to fit the Winchester 30-30 shells.

They are coated with clear matte spray finish.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 02:19 AM

Great looking pieces

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 02:22 AM

Very nice

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 02:23 AM

Those are the prettiest Awls I have ever seen!

Very clever to make them too!

Super COOL!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 03:39 AM

Those are great looking woods on those Jim. I really like the stepped pattern on tha awl shafts. It gives them a signature look.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 03:49 AM

I really like this project!!! Super job.
I have Favorited it!

-- Hakuna Matata

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#6 posted 11-06-2012 03:58 AM

Jim, I have had a couple of awls over the years but I dont remember them being anywhere near that quality. If you want to sell one, let me know and a payment will be on the way ! Nice ! Appear very ridgid as well. JB ps: I am serious about buying one from you !

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#7 posted 11-06-2012 04:17 AM

Jim, these are some beautiful Awls, beautiful as well as functional….. Top Notch….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#8 posted 11-06-2012 04:24 AM

Really nice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 11-06-2012 05:09 AM

I really need one of those.

Well done.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 11-06-2012 06:01 AM

I really like these Jim.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 11-06-2012 10:43 AM

They look great Jim, I am still puzzled at where you find the time for your projects. Like the effect of the 30-30 shells.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#12 posted 11-06-2012 12:54 PM

wow, Jim..luv the slope on the brass ferrules..super looking awls

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#13 posted 11-06-2012 01:20 PM

Thank you all for all the nice comments.

Hi Michelle, I turned the ferrules at 17 degrees. then when I mount them on the blanks, I turn the wood to match the angle and have to be careful not to hit the brass.

G’day, Bob. I don’t watch television! I work in the shop instead. I’m addicted to Lumberjocks, so that eats into my shop time!!

Cabmaker, I sent you a PM on these.

I got started on these with a round brass handle that someone threw away,. It has the ends bent at 90 degrees and threaded inside. Each end made one ferrule and I cut the rest up for the other 2.
I had the drill rod for the shafts and all these pretty blocks of wood at the end of the bench asking me to make them into something!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 11-06-2012 01:45 PM

Super nice job and outstanding awls. Those are about to pretty to use. Appreciate all the details as to how you made them.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#15 posted 11-06-2012 05:25 PM

That’s “awl-rite” by me.. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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