Ends Well

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Project by Dave G posted 02-07-2013 12:26 AM 1296 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 12:38 AM

My kind of handle, Dave. I’ve seen a few projects where the handle looks like a miserable fit to the hand, which always confuses me.

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 02:07 AM

Nice one, Dave!!................Jim

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

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 05:47 PM

Catchy title…. Very Nice AWL that ends well.

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

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Dave G

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 02:55 AM

I gave wrong dimensions in the original post. Here’s a sketch with the correct dimensions.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 02:43 PM

Very nice looking tool, beautiful handle and comfortable to hold.

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