Chip Carving Knife

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Project by Rick M. posted 221 days ago 1058 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mahogany handle shaped mostly by hand. Red mahogany stain, blonde shellac, then buffed with 0000 steel wool and wax.

Donor for the metal was a Dewalt reciprocating blade. Shape cut with a Dremel. The edge was hand ground then sharpened with a diamond file and sandpaper. Blade was polished up to 2000 grit. The front half is scalpel sharp, gotta a little bit more to go.

I’m afraid the blade might be too big for chip carving, it has a 2” radius. If that turns out to be the case then I’ll use it for whittling and make another.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#1 posted 221 days ago

Nice job Rick.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#2 posted 221 days ago

That looks way comfortable to use. Good job.

Make another one for sure, just to have different sizes and such.

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#3 posted 221 days ago

Very nice work Rick. I still have some of that 01 steel I got for the gauge swap if you want to try that. Let me know and I’ll send a piece.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#4 posted 220 days ago

Looks like you can get a good grip with it. Beautifully contoured handle. Good work Rick.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Rick M.

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#5 posted 220 days ago

Thanks everyone. Now I need to learn chip carving!

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#6 posted 220 days ago

Nice one Rick. Nothing like using a tool you made yourself.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 220 days ago

Hey Rick,
Nice looking knife. There’s something about making your own that brings satisfaction.

Now I need to learn chip carving!

I’ll be pleased to help you learn to chip carve. Choose a Membership to access lessons and patterns to get started.

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#8 posted 220 days ago

Nice work and a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 218 days ago

It looks good. Nothing can beat making own customized tool. Well done!

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