|Project by Lee Barker||posted 11-05-2013 05:38 PM||1755 views||9 times favorited||15 comments|
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"