Chip Carving Knife

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Project by Rick_M posted 09-09-2013 08:28 AM 2876 views 2 times favorited 10 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.


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#1 posted 09-09-2013 10:36 AM

Nice job Rick.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 01:31 PM

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 09-09-2013 01:55 PM

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 09-10-2013 01:45 AM

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

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 05:09 AM

Thanks everyone. Now I need to learn chip carving!


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#6 posted 09-10-2013 05:32 AM

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 09-10-2013 01:44 PM

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 09-10-2013 03:36 PM

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 09-12-2013 04:53 PM

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

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#10 posted 07-11-2014 12:39 PM

very nice sir! you could also use it as a marking knife maybe? I’ve had one of those on my lists for a while now. :) Lovely job!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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