Scratch Awl handle

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Project by Draeger posted 11-20-2015 04:21 PM 2117 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just some fun on the lathe. Scratch Awl handle made from Olivewood as a gift for my Dad. Finished with BLO and then several coats of CA glue. I just love the look of Olivewood. Thanks for looking.

-- 'Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.' - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 11-20-2015 06:00 PM

very nice!

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#2 posted 11-20-2015 11:56 PM

No doubt that is a nice looking piece of wood. I am sure your father will enjoy it. I know I would.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#3 posted 11-21-2015 12:16 AM

Nice job and a great finish. Most of the time when I am making awls I leave the handle unfinished because I like the feel but for a gift this is perfect. If you wanted to make a companion awl, grind it like this and then flatten the last half inch to make a brad awl. They are used for making a starting hole for nails or screws. the flat allows for quick penetration of the wood and then a twist of the wrist opens it up. I often find it easier and faster than drilling a hole. Just a thought.

-- Darrell, Nova Scotia, Canada,

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#4 posted 11-21-2015 01:56 AM

Nice work, a very useful tool.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 11-21-2015 02:00 AM

One of my favourite things to make on the lathe are tool handles. That’s a beauty!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 11-21-2015 12:40 PM

What do you use for the metal point?

-- I like to turn

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#7 posted 11-21-2015 02:37 PM

I love the Olivewood.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#8 posted 11-22-2015 03:12 PM

Thank you!

LSJ – It comes from an old scratch awl that I cut the handle from.

-- 'Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.' - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 11-24-2015 11:28 PM

Very beautiful. Making one of those is on a long list… Great job.

-- --bch

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#10 posted 01-19-2017 09:23 PM

That looks great!

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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