1 broken branch + 1 broken scissors = 1 parting off tool.

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Project by murch posted 01-31-2013 12:51 PM 3042 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going to buy a thin parting-off tool for smaller projects but they were all between 30 and 40 euro. To me, this did not seem to be value for money so I got to thinking and came up with this. The blade of the scissors is 2.5 mil thick and 5” long. The handle is Ash. The recess to take the blade was cut out with a (also home-made) keyhole saw after a pilot hole was drilled.
I ground out the end of the blade to make it forked (pic 4). This helped give a very secure fit in the handle.
The handle is not as long as I had intended because it split when I first tried to insert the blade.
Got to be careful. It worked well on the 2nd attempt.
The business end of the tool is ground more like a metal turners parting off tool which is where I began my working life. It works really well. I only intended to use it on small projects but I tried it on an Ash mallet that split on me (not having much luck with splits lately) and it flew into the job.
Price of new parting off tool – 40 notes. Price of home made parting off tool – zip, zero and zilch.

Thanks for looking.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 01:12 PM

Really neat, great thrifty idea. I like thrifty, especially when it’s so useful! Thanks for sharing. Stephen

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 01:27 PM

Cool idea. I love watching things start off with bark on them and then become a nice piece of work.

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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#3 posted 01-31-2013 02:06 PM

Wow! Now that’s thinking outside the box! Some woodworkers do it all! You are not only a woodworker but a designer, inventor & toolmaker. 5 stars!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 02:25 PM

Great, creative project. Looks really nice!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 01-31-2013 02:33 PM

great idea and recycling. shop made tooling is always the sweetest to use.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 01-31-2013 02:38 PM

Great Idea!

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri



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#7 posted 01-31-2013 04:05 PM

Pretty sweet seeing a nice chunk of limb turn into a nice tool, great work! Guess being that small the log was already dried? No splitting/cracking concerns from drying?

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#8 posted 01-31-2013 04:14 PM

Great idea on repurposing things that others would have thrown away. Now you have a great werking tool for nothing.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#9 posted 01-31-2013 05:19 PM

Thanks for the positive reaction guys. I come from a long line of blacksmiths. We were always making or fixing stuff.

Bravo – I’m pretty sure the handle wont split. It’s been in the shed for over a year. But if it does, Hey, what
the hell. keep smiling right?

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#10 posted 01-31-2013 05:40 PM

Very clever piece, I actually have a few small branches that fell off my tree out back (not sure what it is) that are sitting in my basement. I snatched em up in the hopes of making 2 knives using the 2 blades from a pair of broken scissors. Havnt gotten around to it yet, though I cut off about 2 inches from one of the sticks and the center wasnt dry, and I’m not sure how to go about drying them other than throwing em in my over lol.

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT -

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 05:59 PM

Dan – dry it in the microwave. Put it in for 60 – 90 seconds. Repeat when it’s cool, maybe 3 or 4 times.
Works for me.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 06:25 PM

Really? I never ‘wood’ have though of that. (Sorry… HAD to use the pun) I’ll fire up the table saw and rip a piece short enough to fit in there and give it a try, thanks for the tip!

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT -

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#13 posted 01-31-2013 09:21 PM

Great job Murch – looks better than a bought one.
Someone told me recently that even inexpensive scissors have reasonably good steel in them. Especially the older ones, so I have collected a couple and am thinkin of making a knife.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#14 posted 01-31-2013 11:08 PM

Just wanted to thank you again for the tip, the nuker’s working wonders, its cool the way the moisture comes out the ends. Any tip on knowing how to tell when the woods dry enough to use? (I’ve never used raw wood before, always bought turning blocks or flatstock lol)

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT -

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#15 posted 02-01-2013 02:36 PM

Gorgeous hand tool! You magically turned the wood into a beautiful handle. Great job!


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