|Project by Hammerthumb||posted 04-04-2014 09:41 PM||925 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I made this set of marking knives for a fellow woodworker as a gift. The wood is Bubinga. The joinery for the box is simple butt joints with 1/8” dowels. I carved out some ½” cork to inlay the box and covered it with a furniture fabric. My father had a set of mechanical drafting pencils in a box similar to this that I remember as a kid. There is no hinges on the lid. It is pressure fit with the cork and cloth providing just enough friction to keep the top on snug. The recess for the knives is just enough for the lid to close tightly while also keeping the knives in place.
The business end of the knives is made from 01 tool steel that I hardened and tempered. They are held in with 1/8” brass rod. I made a left and right knife, as I have made and used marking knives with double edges, but now feel that a left and right set are easier to mark out dovetails with. The blade handles are of the same wood and are finished with my preferred finish for tools – Danish oil and wax.
Thanks for looking.
-- Paul, Las Vegas