First Marking Knife...

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Project by badger posted 02-08-2010 10:32 AM 1909 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got a little shop time today, and made a new tool. I recently cleared a bunch of space, and got a whole new corner for the shop which I share with the family storage area. While I was cleaning the shop I found a broken jigsaw blade. I read somewhere on the internet that you could make a marking knife out of these. So I gave it a shot.

This is my first “project” I’ve posted here…

I used the grinder to shape it a bit, and pointed it on both ends.

Then I turned a piece of Mesquite pen blank I’d gotten in a trade box with some other pen turners.

I cut a piece of brass pen tube I found while cleaning up (a theme perhaps) to make the ferrule.

Then I drilled a hole slight smaller than the width of the tang in the end.

Clamping the blade in the vise, and then hammer with a wooden hammer on the end of the handle I seated the blade into the handle with a few good wacks. It’s pretty solid, and I figure it will work for a bit, and it’s going to get a lot of action as a marking knife so I figure this will be good enough.

Then a quick sharpening on the grinder, and a pass over the sandpaper to flatten the back and done!

A nice quick project, that I can now use to mark accurate dovetails.

- Badger

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 04:17 PM

Thanks for posting, looks like a quick, and funtional project.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 06:01 PM

That will be usefull for years to come


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#3 posted 02-08-2010 10:36 PM

I fixed the link, I’m still new to posting on this site.


-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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#4 posted 02-09-2010 05:20 AM

nice marking knife it will be a useful tool for years to come

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 06:39 AM

Allways great to make your own tools. Nothing like a custom job to fit your needs. (sounds llike you “needed” to clean up) haha Sure you will get a lot of use from it.

Keep it up.


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

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