Shopmade Luthier Tools #3: Tiny chisel/scraper

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-03-2017 01:49 PM 1425 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Even though this is technically a chisel, it is used principally as a scraper to get hardened glue out of the small wells in a violin bow where the ends of the hair hank are anchored. I fashioned the blade of this chisel from the Phillips screw driver ‘blade’ of an old, low quality pocket knife. It was not a genuine Swiss Army knife, but a bad, cheap knockoff. The blades loosened up after a few years and the knife lived in my tool box for ‘just in case’. I generally always carry a pocket knife, so I didn’t need it.

After mounting the blade in the rough handle I ground it to shape with my belt grinder. The ease of which it ground concerns me, but if it proves unsatisfactory, I’ll just make a better one out of an old drill bit like I saw on a Stumpy Nubbs/Mustache Mike video not long ago. I have a few old paddle bits that I could use for that.

The handle is a scrap of walnut and the ferrule is a plumbing compression ring. I finished it with the usual boiled linseed oil.

One more down.

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-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 03:19 PM

Nice! Ain’t it satisfying to work with tools you have made! : )


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#2 posted 01-03-2017 04:34 PM

Nice! Ain t it satisfying to work with tools you have made! : )


- Planeman41

Yeah. Shopmade tools are a win/win. I enjoy making them and I enjoy using them. If you saw the price of this stuff in luthier catalogs… Actually it’s a win/win/win since I haven’t spent a cent to make these!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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