First Marking Knife

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Project by ScottM posted 09-26-2017 12:44 PM 968 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d seen a bunch of YouTube videos of people making knives and also saw the latest LumberJocks knife swap going on and decided that I would try my hand at making my own marking knife. There have several times in the past where marking a board with a pencil caused me layout issues. You just can’t get a sharp enough line to get the cut right the first time.

So I went out to my storage shed and looked in my sawzall case to see what was in there that I could maybe use. I found an old blade that wasn’t bent but was just old and dull. So then I bought a new cut-off wheel for my angle grinder and went to work. I cut off the teeth and then cut it to length. I laid out a double bevel so that I could use it on the right or left side of a square. I then laid out the angles at 45 degrees and cut them off. Next I made a 30 degree block that I used for setting my bevel angle on my sander and proceeded to give it a basic sharpening. I found a piece of scrap walnut for the scales and used some copper rivets I had for fasteners. Everything is epoxied together so they are just there because…. Sanded and shaped the handle a bit and finished with Danish oil, which I hate, and wax after it cured a bit. I still need to sharpen it more and use it for something but it was a fun project. It’s only 4 1/2” long so it’s a good “hand” size, not to bulky or top heavy.

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#1 posted 09-26-2017 01:36 PM

Your knife turned out very nice! I think you will find it useful in many ways in the shop! Nicely done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 09-26-2017 04:36 PM

Great knife! Sawzall blade.. hey now you’ve got me thinking…

-- Pete

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#3 posted 09-27-2017 12:05 PM

Very nice! It would have went over really well in the knife swap!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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