Christmas Awl

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Project by bondogaposis posted 12-20-2012 10:51 PM 735 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This awl started out in life as a spade bit. I cut the blade off and made the awl from the shank. I like this method because the bits are high speed steel and require no hardening or tempering, that is if you don’t burn it on the grinder. I have made several of these over the years, but this is my best one so far. The wood is Bocote and I found out I’m allergic to it, too bad ‘cause I really like it. The ferule is a gas fitting. It will be a gift to my good friend. I put a flat spot on one side so it doesn’t roll. The thing is sharp and would put a nice hole in your foot if it rolled off, ouch!

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 12-20-2012 11:52 PM

Great looking awl !!!

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 12:11 AM

For the man who has everything.

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#3 posted 12-21-2012 12:21 AM

Hmmmm, the flat spot is a really neat idea. I’ll hafta remember that!
Nice job!

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 12:42 AM

Very nice looking awl. I like the use of the gas fitting for the ferrule!!

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 03:39 AM

great looking

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 01:43 AM

Well done – you do nice work.

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