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Project by Hammerthumb posted 04-04-2014 09:41 PM 783 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Hammerthumb

-- Paul, Las Vegas





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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 10:46 PM

Your gift is sure to be received well and treasured for years to come!!!
Nicely done.

I understand the left/right thing….
However, I have not seen a marking knife with such a long handle. Is there an advantage/purpose for the long handle, that I am unaware of?

Both the knives and box are purdy!!!

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 12:55 AM

They are extremely wonderful.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 03:06 AM

Nice work Paul, that is great set you put together. I’m sure he’ll definetly cherish them. Those bench chisels look good too.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 04-05-2014 10:45 AM

awesome Paul! I’ve been mulling over making myself one of these just for general work since I’m not quite to the dovetail learning yet and was pondering the two sided/one sided thing myself. (being a lefty I think I’d make a right beveled one first :D ) Gorgeous work!

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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#5 posted 04-05-2014 02:14 PM

Those are beautiful. Great job.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 03:56 PM

Handsome set of knives and case, good work Hammerthumb.

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 07:52 PM

You know I like them. Three reasons.
They are wonderfully made and look great
You made them
and
They could be Japanese
Great job!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#8 posted 04-08-2014 03:28 PM

DIY – they are not really that long. Maybe a little longer than you might normally see but I did make them very thin and delicate. Even still they are very durable because of the species and construction. I think they feel real good when holding them.

Woodcox – I have several sets of chisels. Stanley 720s, Two Cherries, some new Stanleys I picked up for beaters, and have started to put together a collection of old Buck Bros long paring chisels.

Thank you all for the kind comments.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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