Awl for Marking Knife Swap

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Project by GMatheson posted 04-06-2013 02:16 PM 1029 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the awl I made for Lance (TheDude50).

The wood used is Lacewood with a large brass nut that was filed round on the lathe. I gave it a knob shape that fits nicely in the palm of your hand. For a finish I just dipped it in some thinned lacquer a few times and then buffed it with some steel wool and wax.

The business end of the awl was from an old plastic handled awl I picked up at a garage sale last year. I cut the handle off and polished up the steel and sharpened the tip.

The steel was then epoxied into the handle.

Even though he hasn’t been around much lately I hope he enjoys the awl and puts it to work.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 04-06-2013 06:12 PM

Very nice work. Gotta love lacewood.

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#2 posted 04-06-2013 06:22 PM

Really nice awl, it will match the lacewood mallet I made him in the last swap.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 04-06-2013 07:43 PM

That is beautiful! I have been wanting to make one…

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#4 posted 04-06-2013 07:51 PM

Excellent. The wood looks great, very nice awl.

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 12:23 AM

Nicely done. Makes me want to try some lacewood.


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#6 posted 04-07-2013 02:58 AM

Such a great improvement on the plastic one

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 04-07-2013 03:45 AM

What a beautiful tool! I really love the wood and brass combination.

I’m going to have to start collecting old junky tools with good steel from now on.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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