drawknife from clippers

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Project by rmoore44 posted 06-02-2010 03:34 AM 2503 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m making a long beam out of an old pine tree and wanted to try using a drawknife to smooth out the hew marks some, but didn’t want to buy a drawknife. I had some old pruning shears that weren’t being used anymore, so I took the blade from one side, ground a tang into the end that didn’t have a handle, then stuck the other side’s handle on it. Unfortunately, the side that had the handles going the right angle also had a branch cutter in the blade. But given the hackiness of this tool’s construction, it actually worked ok. I will probably go back and grind the blade down to a flatter profile, I had kept the original angle and just sharpened it up some.

-- --RoB, Florida

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 03:37 AM

That’s very ingenious great job.


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#2 posted 06-02-2010 04:12 AM

I would of never thought of repurposing clippers like that, thanks for posting them and for making us think a bit more outside of the box.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 04:34 AM

If you’ve ever used a drawknife, you’d know how hacked that was… I bought one for $10 at a flea market.

Do yourself a favor- get a real one. I’m guessing that the angle on the clipper is way to steep. You might want to gring it down to about 25-30 degrees, assuming that you don’t just buy one.

-- Steven

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 06:23 AM

Reuse, great idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 11:09 AM

It seems as if you have a slight nick in the left of the blade, just a little to the center of the hole. :)

Seriously, this made me smile!

-- David from Indiana --

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#6 posted 06-03-2010 03:41 PM


-- al.chazy ny

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#7 posted 09-19-2017 09:33 PM

That’s what I’m talking about!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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