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Project by Brandon posted 619 days ago 1898 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a birdcage awl kit from Czech Edge in February and finally got around to turning the handle. The wood was from a nice piece of cherry burl that I received from fellow Lumberjock ClayOrtiz . I think it turned out pretty alright. This will replace some of the other awls I’ve been using till now.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"





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Mauricio

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#1 posted 619 days ago

Thats a classy looking scratcher man! Very nice!

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#2 posted 619 days ago

I great looking tool Brandon!!

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#3 posted 619 days ago

Nice!

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#4 posted 619 days ago

Thanks guys. Maybe I’ll use it to make a birdcage?

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#5 posted 619 days ago

Very nice. What do you think the kit?

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#6 posted 619 days ago

Scott,

The kit was great. The directions were clear and the installation of the awl into the handle was a breeze. The quality of the awl seems pretty nice as well, although I haven’t used it much yet. From what I’ve heard about Czech Edge stuff is that the steel is pretty good quality. I paid $20 for the kit.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 619 days ago

Great looking little awl Brandon. That looks like something I need to investigate.

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thedude50

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#8 posted 619 days ago

nice job do you have a link to buy the kit

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Brandon

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#9 posted 619 days ago

Thanks Lance. Here’s a link: http://czeckedge.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=13

I just bought directly from the maker at a woodworking event, so I didn’t have to pay for shipping. His other stuff is quite nice, too, so you may want to browse the site.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 619 days ago

Brandon what is a birdcage awl used for? Very nice turning by the way!

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#11 posted 619 days ago

Thanks CC68. The birdcage awl is different from regular awls because it is square, not round. It’s especially useful for boring holes because the square shape cuts the fibers rather than spreads them.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 618 days ago

My question is, what are the dimensions of the square sides of the steel from the kit. I should think this could be something fairly simple to make. There are many sources to get square tool steel for rmaking a tool like this. Is it 1/4”, 3/8” square? Larger? Smaller? Inquiring minds need to know.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Brandon

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#13 posted 618 days ago

Doc, it’s a quarter inch. The kit is basically an A2 square piece of steel; a solid brass ferrule, and a few awl condoms to keep the edge and the users protected. It’s be pretty easy to fabricate.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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mafe

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#14 posted 618 days ago

Beautiful tool, this will be a favorite.
Love the wood.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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rance

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#15 posted 617 days ago

Cool awl. I bet it comes in AWLful handy.

Actually the kit states it is 3/16” square. :)

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