Marking Knife

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No big deal, just a nice little afternoon project. This will help me with my dovetails, my store bought knife just doesn’t make it in far enough. Made with a surplus sawzall blade and some leftover wenge and brass.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#1 posted 03-22-2014 11:04 PM

Looks nice. Necessity is the mother of invention

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#2 posted 03-22-2014 11:10 PM

Lookin good Jerry

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 01:18 AM

Nice job.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 02:02 AM

Good looking marking knife and I would have never thought of using a saws all blade .

Thanks and well done .

-- Kiefer 松

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 04:31 AM

Nice job. Any special techniques for drilling for, and working with brass?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 04:45 AM

Hi Willie,

What I did was buy a 5/32” brass rod at Ace, I keep it in stock around the shop. Glued the blade into the handle, just to keep it in place, then drilled through the wood and blade at the same time with a cobalt bit, you will need to maybe dip the metal into water if it starts to heat up too much to prevent the tool steel from losing its temper. At this point, the handle is oversize and coarse. Cut a couple of lengths off the brass rod, a little oversize, then drove them through the handle and blade with a hammer. Ground them down close to the wood with the bench grinder, and then used the large disk sander to make everything flush and get a good shape for the hand. After that, I refined the finish with a cat and mouse sander, and then by hand sanding. If you use the same drill size as the brass rod diameter, it will be a good interference fit, and will hold nicely.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 03-23-2014 11:02 AM

Gr8 afternoon project Jerry

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 03-23-2014 03:10 PM

I lose pencils all the time, but my marking knife is always where I left it.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 04:45 PM

Many a great tool were born of necessity. I’m gonna have to knock out one of these for myself soon.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 01:12 AM

Nice Jerry,looks great and more importantly, functional. I put one of these together with same materials( minus the exotic) and same techniques. Only I went with a shorter exposed blade length and now wish I had given it a little more reach like yours. Oh well, they are fun afternoon projects so perhaps a new one is in the near future(w/some exotic this time) LOL!.......ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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