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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-21-2016 11:35 AM 1701 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some more awls to replenish my stock for upcoming shows.
Two are osage orange, 2 are spalted beech and the dark 2 I don’t know the species. These were all made out of cracked blocks in the barrel by the wood furnace waiting to be fuel. I had to do a lot of whittling to get to good sized blanks.

The tips are hardened and they have solid brass ferrules and are finished with EEE and Shellawax. The ends have 44 mag cartridge casing inserts compliments of LJ Hillbillyshooter….......Thanks, John

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 07-21-2016 11:39 AM

Nice lot of Awls Jim, you have those Elves working over time. Can’t be much wood left in the fire barrel.
Keep them coming. Cheers.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 07-21-2016 11:58 AM

Looks familiar to me. Thanks again for that. The mostly used hand tool in my workshop.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-21-2016 01:16 PM

Very cool. I like the 44 brass accessory.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-21-2016 01:27 PM

Excellent awls Jim. I see you tapered half of the rod narrower than its original size, any special reason? I have 3 on my bench at all times, they are life savers.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 07-21-2016 02:38 PM

Nice and will be welcomed in many shops ,nothing like a good AWL or six .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 07-21-2016 02:48 PM

Very nice looking awls Jim. I have to make some of these for my school.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 07-21-2016 03:22 PM

Cool to have tools you built yourself. Nice job on all of these.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 07-21-2016 03:36 PM

Very nice variety you have and the should all be quick sells for. I always like to see projects that people make from materials that were destined for the firebox. Well done Jim. What still do you begin with and do you harden it at all?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 07-21-2016 05:36 PM

These are beautiful, Jim.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 07-21-2016 05:38 PM


Simple just Awlsome! LOL

COOL stuff, as usual…

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#11 posted 07-21-2016 06:03 PM

Those are very nice looking awls. The dark ones kind of look like goncalo alves wood (aka tigerwood). Either way those are my favorite of the bunch, Im a sucker for dark woods though, nice work.

-- Andy Smith

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#12 posted 07-21-2016 11:35 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I’m glad you like my work. I sure enjoy doing it.

Hi Bob. I don’t even let those elves punch out at the end of the day!! If is cool in the barn, they stay working!! My fire barrel is heaping over and so was the wood chip barrel. I burned the chips today after we had a good rain to wet everything down.

Hi Dave, the smaller diameter heats up faster when hardening and I thought it looked cooler with a step in it. My original one had two steps in it and that was a bit much.

Hi Ron, I started with 1/4” water hardening drill rod. It is hardened in a propane flame which is about 1960 degrees. The steel hardens at around 1500 degrees. I bought some hollow brass to make the ferrules and it costs $1.28 and inch but I don’t have to do any boring any more because it is .375” ID.

Hi Andy, I like the dark wood too. I had one more piece that would have made 2 awls but it had a big crack right through the center and I would have threw the two pieces off if I continued.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 07-22-2016 12:43 AM

I like those! The wide top has to make it comfortable to use.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 07-22-2016 06:39 AM

Hi Jim. I love looking at small wooden projects…..Those Awls are splendid….The grain is quite eye catching and the Tapered Brass Ferrules look particularly nice. What a great way to say thank you to nature by making something beautiful out of a raw material most Folk would throw out or burn.
Did you turn the Brass on your metal lathe?


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#15 posted 07-22-2016 10:43 AM

Thanks, Lew and Cliff.

Hi Cliff., Yes the brass ferrule and the points are the first thing I make on the metal lathe. Then I start looking for wood for bodies. That new collet setup for the wood lathe was used on these for the first time and it is just great. With the point and ferrule on a blank. I hold the awl by the point in a collet and turn it complete with the wood matching the taper of the ferrule.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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