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Striking knives from carving forks

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Project by Lee Barker posted 11-05-2013 05:38 PM 1383 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is so simple.

Thrift or Junk Store: Older carving fork. Usually rosewood handle. Notice the brand names and countries of origin—USA and Japan; even one from England. (One of the USAs is a Craftsman, old style font!) I have paid as little as 25 cents, never more than a buck. I’d go a buck fifty for a nice, wood handled USA example.

Sand the handle if necessary. Rosewood will be oily. Usually 220 is fine. 17 seconds.

Hacksaw off the fork. 8 seconds.

Grind the two bevels on your edge sander, careful to keep them cool. Eyeball the angles. 15 seconds.

Touch up the bevels on 220 and 320 paper on a flat reference surface. 28 seconds.

Flatten the back on the same surface. 9 seconds.

Buff the metal on a felt wheel charged with rouge. 13 seconds.

Wipe wax onto the handle if needed . 14 seconds.

Time to walk between task stations. 83 seconds.

Total time elapsed: 3.12 minutes.

These were gifts for fellow woodworkers. Don’t tell them the extent of my time investment. Thank you.

Now off to the thrift stores!

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"





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#1 posted 11-05-2013 05:55 PM

Very nice.

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Moron

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 06:35 PM

frugal and brilliant

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 08:56 PM

Excellent idea, can’t wait to hit my thrift store!

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 11:08 PM

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#5 posted 11-06-2013 01:13 PM

Smart Mr. Barker. I may have to do this myself

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 11-06-2013 01:46 PM

Nice tools to add to a shop. Thanks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#7 posted 11-06-2013 01:49 PM

Good one(s) Lee and well thought out !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 11-06-2013 03:16 PM

Very nice indeed. Excellent way to re-purpose utensils for practical use in the wood shop.

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Lee Barker

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#9 posted 11-06-2013 03:53 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. I am waiting for someone to notice that one of the knives has a non-wood handle (GASP!). It’s a black material which turns a little gray from being sentenced to do time in the dishwasher. It’s an older stuff, doesn’t seem to break, and feels very woodlike in the hand. I don’t mind using these and giving them as gifts to my semi-discriminating friends. The one in question is the vertical example on the left in the picture that is not diagonalish.

I often find these [rosewood handled] forks engraved as giveaways, say from the local electric co-op, that sort of thing. Gifts at the annual meeting, I’m guessing. The repurposing is reinforced if the engraving can be salvaged.

Thank you boosting me into the daily top three. I appreciate the standing ovation; I just wish my ceilings at home were high enough so I could display it in the living room.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#10 posted 11-06-2013 08:32 PM

Nice work. I did one of these recently (after reading one of your earlier posts mentioning this) and it worked out nicely. Though I must say it took me considerably longer than 3 minutes 12 seconds…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#11 posted 11-06-2013 09:21 PM

Thanks fore the idea Lee. I have passed up serving forks without even a thought to it being a shop tool.
-don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 11-07-2013 04:04 PM

Lee-
I have been so wrapped up in some larger remodeling projects that I did not take a good look at the striking knife that I received, from you, at the last woodworking meeting. Now that “Flint” is resting comfortably in my hand with its non-wood handle,which doesn’t take away from the tool in the least – I’m know it won’t dry out and crack, I’m looking forward to using it soon.
So, thank you for the knife and your creative idea to produce it. Recycle Rocks!

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#13 posted 11-07-2013 09:25 PM

What a gr8 idea….......I’m off to Goodwill

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#14 posted 04-18-2014 02:31 PM

Glad to resurrect this project posting! I’ve been looking for this for a while, not sure who originally posted it.
Thanks, Lee, I now have an assortment of utensils re-purposed as knives and marking tools, courtesy of various Mennonite thrift stores.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#15 posted 04-18-2014 04:20 PM

I have quite a few unfinished ones…I can’t seem to pass them up. $.25 here, $.50 there, pretty soon it’s going to add up to real money…

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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