|Project by Dave G||posted 02-07-2013 12:26 AM||886 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I have very functional taste. This fits the hand and I like the gradually tapering point – it makes really nice holes.
This awl is made from 4-1/2” of the tail of a 3/32 chainsaw file, a brass compression fitting nut that had a hole to just fit over the rasp, and a scrap piece of 8/4 cherry turned by mounting on the lathe face plate. I used my drill press chuck in the tailstock to drill a 1-1/2” 3/32 hole in the cherry and epoxied the file tail in. I dipped it twice in satin poly.
After grinding the point I heated it using a propane torch to yellow-cherry red and water quenched it. I cleaned it up a bit with a diamond plate.
Thanks for looking.
-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff