Marking knifes and mallets - Dovetail tools swap 2015

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Project by Mark Kornell posted 03-13-2015 12:09 AM 2844 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these tools for the recently-completed dovetail tools swap. My initial plan was to make a marking knife, and if I had time, a bonus item. Instead…

I have a bunch of scraps of all sorts of woods and a marking knife doesn’t take a lot of wood, so I decided to use this project as an excuse to get in some lathe practice. I found a dozen different species and proceeded to make about 2 dozen knives. Great practice, great for the swap, and I will have a bunch left over as gifts for woodworking buddies.

Species are: walnut, padauk, purpleheart, curly maple, teak (^), jatoba, beech, african mahogany, cherry, white oak, wenge, a mystery wood, and acrylic pen blanks.

(^) I’m not 100% sure about the teak. It was from an old chair I cut down for scrap, and the owner told me it was teak. It probably is (very oily to sand) but I haven’t worked with teak otherwise so I can’t confirm.

The acrylic pen blanks are a bit short for this purpose. Still, good practice.

The ferrules are copper 1/2×3/8 reducer fittings, chopped down a bit. Blades are jigsaw blades. Finish is lacquer and wax.

I managed to get 7 completed prior to the swap deadline, and chose a teak and a curly maple to send to Mudflap. I’ve already given away 3 others so I need to get the rest finished.

For a bonus item I made a mallet. Two, actually, as I needed one myself. Jatoba and beech, with tung oil and wax for a finish.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#1 posted 03-13-2015 12:23 AM

I like the shaping of your knife handles, and the mallets look very sturdy. I never got around to making my marking knives, but I have a whole box of blades and some blanks waiting for me.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 03-13-2015 12:32 AM

Very cool Mark!

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang,

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#3 posted 03-13-2015 02:32 AM

Like the steppes ferrules Mark, nice little feature and pretty unique.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#4 posted 03-13-2015 03:40 AM

Very nice work Mark!

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#5 posted 03-13-2015 07:37 AM

I like your marking knifes. I want to make its too.

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#6 posted 03-13-2015 11:14 AM

Excellent work Mark

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 03-13-2015 12:46 PM

Very nice knives!
I like the shape, and cool ferrules!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 03-13-2015 02:58 PM

Having seen them first hand, I can tell you the knives and mallet are first class! I’m in the same boat as Allen, with blades and wood for the making of marking knives…
Thanks for sharing, Mark.

Looking at his new tools Mudflap muttered “You all are gonna force me to do dovetails.”! Heeheehee

-- God bless, Candy

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