My first turnings (marking knife and awl)

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Project by NikBrown posted 01-24-2010 04:53 PM 2854 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

NOT a turner… don’t even own a lathe… but I wanted a good marking knife and being the cheap guy that I am I ordered the set from Czech Edge and headed to my parents house over new years. (my Dad has a shop full of power tools I can only dream about.)

With the guidance of my dad and knowledge from watching lots of episodes of the turning show on PBS I turned these 2 tools out of a 4/4 rosewood short I got for a steal.

I know these don’t look like your standard shapes for such things but they feel good in my hand and I had a lot of fun producing them… should last me a long time.

Big thanks to Bob at Czech Edge for producing such great kits!

-- - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

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#1 posted 01-24-2010 05:06 PM

Great job. Allways a plus making your own handles to FIT your hand. Good times are working with dad (or the kids) and getting/giving guidance on a new skill. Allways have fun teaching my daughter (Scrappys_Squirt) new things.

Nice shapes and beautifull wood.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 05:40 PM

They look good. I agree, great kits.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#3 posted 01-24-2010 07:04 PM

It’s cool to make your own tools

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 07:19 PM

Great stuff! I just found my marking awl kit the other day while looking for my calipers! I did the knife a while back and use it lots.

Well, now I need to dig through the scrap box and find that chunk of cocobolo…

Don’t stop with just these two, make more tools!

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 09:49 PM

great work you will have a lot more fun with those in the future


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