Draw Knife Build

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Project by Levex posted 10-20-2015 11:16 PM 2621 views 9 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Continuing on with my previous post about making myself some bowl carving tools, here is the draw knife I recently built.

I made it from a lawn mower blade I picked up at a local thrift store for $5. Unlike the hook knife, I didn’t bother heat treating this blade. I simply straightened out the original bends made by the manufacturer with my torch and ground out the cutting edge and handle tangs with a bench grinder and angle grinder.

For the handles I again used some oak scraps, brass pins, and 2 part epoxy. I even threw some stain on the handles to pretty it up, (was like putting perfume on a pig I’m afraid).

It’s definitely not too pretty but it does a good job at stripping bark and cutting through green wood.


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#1 posted 10-21-2015 11:40 AM

Like your work. Simply and effective.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 10-21-2015 12:23 PM

Great idea there. I have seen all kinds of blades repurposed but I believe this may be the first use of a mower blade I’ve seen. It looks like it’ll take a pretty big bite too!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 10-21-2015 03:51 PM

Well now, isn’t that interesting. I happen to have an old mower blade sitting in my scrap metal pile. I guess I have something to do with it now. Thanks for the inspiration.

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#4 posted 11-03-2015 09:26 AM

Great idea! I will definitely give that a try occasionally.
And I want to get back the blades, I threw away in the past. Grrr!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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