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    The chisel knife thread suggested this idea, things we make at home. This little knife was cut from an old rusty Diston handsaw found in a tip. The handle is Australian rosewood, the pins are copper.

    as would be expected this knife holds an excellent edge and is popular in the kitchen. The only problem is reminding those who use it to dry it after use so it doesn't rust ! Stainless knives have killed that habit.

    The blade is a bit tarnished from a few years of kitchen use.

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    Looks great. What method is needed to make the blade? Just cut the shape and sharpen, or is there some kind of heating process?

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    I just cut and shaped the blade with a thin disc on an angle grinder then my home made linisher taking care not to over heat the steel. I seem to have maintained the temper. I could have retempered the blade but was in a bit of a hurry to supply a Birthday present and maintaining the temper was faster.

    The linisher.
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    Awesome tool. Looks like it has been built to last for several generations. What grade sanding belt do you use on it?

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    I have a variety, coarse to fine, metal grade. I mainly use it to clean up casings.

    The steel sizes are large, but that's all I had lying around.

    Another photo.Linisher 3.jpg Top bearing, tensioner and tracking adjustment.
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    i truly enjoy seeing home made tools THAT WORK!

    also high on my list are threads that are well documented W/ PICS

    the idea mill is churning...

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    That's awesome Peter! You say, "The steel sizes are large..." like it's a bad thing I'm always supremely jealous of those who can weld decently as I can barely stick 2 pieces of metal together.

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    I like your knife!

    Occasionally I have some fun with my blacksmith's forge. Made this a couple of years ago.


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    Wow, that looks as good as a Drew Iron! Beautiful proportion!
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    The only tools that I have made from scratch are a drawknife and a riggers knife for my son. No photos unfortunately.
    However I have re purposed and remade several tools.

    This riggers knife
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    Reshaped from

    I have also remade these wood filled bench planes
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    Finished this shoulder plane from the rough casting
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    and made this spar plane from a woody jack plane
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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Homemade tools and knives.

    NICE! I love seeing stuff folks have made What is the wood on the wedge for the shoulder plane?

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    Lovely work Nick, are they brake show rivets in the rigging knife handle?
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    Ned, I like your caulking iron, especially the proportions and the way the ''head'' is formed.
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    Come on guys and gals, you must build other stuff besides boats ?
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    Default Re: Homemade tools and knives.

    The to do list is long, and reading this thread it is now even longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Come on guys and gals, you must build other stuff besides boats ?
    There were other works than boats displayed on "People and Places" thread. For some unknown reason all posts older than page 2 have disappeared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    NICE! I love seeing stuff folks have made What is the wood on the wedge for the shoulder plane?
    Dunno, some random wood from the recycling pile.
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Lovely work Nick, are they brake show rivets in the rigging knife handle?
    I did not disturb the scales on the knife, I only removed the guard and reshaped the blade.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    One of my few attempts at knifemaking: a sgian dubh to tuck into my hose when I'm kilted. A chunk of 01 steel filched from a friend and a bit of antler I had lying around.



    It takes and keeps a wicked edge, too. I'm rather pleased with it.

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    As you should be Alex, a nice bit of work!
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    I posted this before, but the image got Photobolloxed
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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Don't have a good photo of the mallet I made with the Lignum Vitae head and ash handle. Not as awesome as some of the others, but it's been useful more than once.

    But a workbench is a tool, right?
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    And what about drafting ducks?
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    Drafting ducks! Yes. I cast these for a friend here on the forum, he fitted the bronze wire hooks.

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    Does reworking ball pein hammers into pin hammers count, or old files into scrapers (scrunting irons)?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I've posted this before, it's not my idea . It was shown to me by an old boatbuilder. Long flexible free drill bits , sound good ? Find an old motorcycle wheel, snip out spokes. They are very good steel, cold forge to a flat shape (hammer flat!) , then shape and bevel like a spade bit or Speedbore.

    For really thin ones use bicycle spokes. They really work and don't break. The photo of one boring is in Australian ironbark, an 80 year old lump of bridge timber, 5'' deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    I've posted this before, it's not my idea . It was shown to me by an old boatbuilder. Long flexible free drill bits , sound good ? Find an old motorcycle wheel, snip out spokes. They are very good steel, cold forge to a flat shape (hammer flat!) , then shape and bevel like a spade bit or Speedbore.

    For really thin ones use bicycle spokes. They really work and don't break. The photo of one boring is in Australian ironbark, an 80 year old lump of bridge timber, 5'' deep.

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    I don't normally bother with the brad point. The thin ones are good for following the old holes in clinker plank when boring through a replacement strake.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    I don't normally bother with the brad point. The thin ones are good for following the old holes in clinker plank when boring through a replacement strake.
    They're certainly good for that, they don't break if the holes have become misaligned, but I also use them for long holes elsewhere too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitsligo View Post
    One of my few attempts at knifemaking: a sgian dubh to tuck into my hose when I'm kilted. A chunk of 01 steel filched from a friend and a bit of antler I had lying around.



    It takes and keeps a wicked edge, too. I'm rather pleased with it.

    Alex
    Beautiful work!

    One should be VERY careful working antler.

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    In the last five or six weeks (under a new paradigm), I have, of necessity, and lack of budget, designed and built, and proved, one, a round shave for flat concave surfaces; two, a drawknife with a thin blade and detachable handles so it can be inserted in a very narrow space, and to get a flat compound curve; and three, another round shave, single-handled, to cut rabbets on compound curves, all made from the same materials: scraps of galvanized pipe and sections of a fifteen inch high speed steel planer knife (which fell out of the sky) and walnut handles from scrap. I made a scabbard for my favorite drawknife, from part of an antique oak bed, so that it hangs in it's place on the tool wall without looking like it wants to jump off and take a bite out of me when I'm busy doing something else. I hate that. Then it worked so well, I decided to fix it. So it now has a friction lock that keeps the scabbard in place, while it's on the hook. It looks kinda funky but it works well. Which is the copy for my craigslist ad.

    I'd like to find a scrap forest. So I can fell and log my own fresh scrap from scratch.

    In the same period, I put new ash handles on a carpenter's adze and a single bit axe, from yard sales. From the same piece of ash from the neighborhood (left from making my baseball bat ten years ago) for both a short carving axe and most importantly, a carving adze, with a compound curve and sweep like bowl adze, for sculpture.

    Both of the last are made from the halves of a mattock. I cut it in half so that each side got half of the eye for the handle; so I ended up with an axe-head with a wide curved sharp edge, tapering inward to the haft, and an adze-head with a weird skinny triangular poll on it's other side. I intend to soak the adze head in my small assay kiln cum forge and then widen and round the eye for the handle, and then see if I can pound the blade into the necessary compound curve.

    But that is all multi-tasked with the current big project I've been working on for months, a new massive hardwood stand for my ten inch Craftsman table saw, to replace the sheet metal 'contractor' base. I have lots of pictures, but I don't want to post a thread until my project is finished, since life might happen and finishing might become problematic, as it were. It still needs just a bit more work getting the cast iron to marry the hardwood perfectly, but the whole thing is otherwise finished and working.

    After the tablesaw project, I have a couple of art pieces to finish and then I get to start, in sequence, a rebuild of the dammed workbench, this time with four massive oak legs cut from a pair of four foot long, foot diameter air dried logs, currently in my driveway. And I have only recently acquired, gratis, another pair of four foot long, eighteen inch diameter green white oak logs, also in my driveway, destined to be a scupture of a pair of howling dogs.

    Curious how 'the Universe' works. I have been thinking about that last mentioned sculpture piece for only a couple of months, but I've had the notion that before my next figure piece in hardwood, I oughta do a serious study in clay and then work from that macquette for the carving.

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    I LOVE this Forum! More great ideas than you can swing a slick at Great sgian dubh, Alex. I need to make something similar for myself.

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    I rarely make tools from scrath but I tend to do some rather advanced rebuilds
    A few excamples:

    A grinder for spindle moulder tooling. The jig to hold the tool is factory made. From the 1950-ies or thereabout. The rest of the grinder had gone walkabout so I made a new one mostly from scrap. Unfortunately I have no pictures of it after I put it in use.
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    My cirkular rip saw looked like this when I bought it for 20 euros
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    Now it looks like this with a new fence and motor installation and new guards and a new arbour and new babbitt bearings. Most of it made from scrap. It is still awaiting the electric wiring and a new blade. Money is tight so I am forced to postpone some purchases.
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    Sometimes I also make some tools:
    A fielding plane:
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    A few planes and turning tools and a stair saw
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    Another rebuild project. A new fully adjustable European style fence with Shaw guard for my SCM l'Invincibile T160 spindle moulder. Almost entirely built from materials found at the local scrap yards.
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    A custom lock ring plier for a certain lock ring in the Reeves drive of an Elu stock feeder. Forged from a broken coil spring from a car.
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    Two custom scrapers for fitting corrugated babbitt bearings.One made from a worn out half round file and the other one from a pin from a horse drawn hay rake.
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    My bandsaw fits into the rebuild cathegory. Frame and table and wheels and trunnion and tensioning mechanism and a few other parts are a formerly line shaft driven E.V.Beronius B20 manufactured in Sweden in the 1910-s. Guards and blade guides and motor installation are home made from scrap.
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    Nice work Heimlaga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Meachen View Post
    Nice work Heimlaga.
    Indeed ! Very nice indeed !
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    A homemade shipsaw I built for a sawn frame project that died.

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    The battery drill turns a threaded rod in a fixed but pivoting long nut to adjust the angle. The center of the rotation is the point where the blade passes through the table. The tilt mechanism is good but it would have been simpler to use a Chinese 14'' bandsaw instead of building one. I just got carried away.
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