2018 Layout and Marking Tool Swap

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Project by RichBolduc posted 11-10-2018 04:15 PM 1641 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So these were my entries. They all came from the same chunk of Satinwood Burl. At first I was hoping to go with all damascus for the metals, but then I saw the prices and decided against it. While looking for the Damascus though, I had the burl cut in to rough sizes and threw it in the vacuum chamber for 3 days to to stabilize it with some Cactus Juice that i dyed black with Alumulite. This was my first time dying wood, and I’m fairly happy with how the black turned out. As with what seems like every swap, I end up buying new tools… This time it was a used ProMax drum sander. Once I got that going, I got the pieces to my desired thicknesses and turned a knob on the lathe. The metal used was chosen for it’s color to compliment the burl.

What I ended up making was a scribe knife, a center marking gauge and then a marking gauge.

The marking knife was my first time making knife scales, and i’m pretty happy with how it came out and pinned together. I wish I did a little more contouring on the handle, but I was running out of time.

The center finder is reemed to hold a #2 Ticonderoga pencil and I sent 4 boxes, but I hear they’ve already been claimed by Elroy’s kids. I used the same brass rods in this pieces as I used for the knife scale pinning.

The last piece is the marking gauge. Same burl as the others except this has a brass rod in it that was left over from the mallet swap. I tapped the end and it uses a round carbide lathe tool insert for the scribing in case it ever needs replacing. The knob has a brass screw in it and the body has a brass threaded insert to make sure that there are no issues with stripping threads.

All parts were sanded to 600 and then polished with a 3 stage buffing system using Tripoli (800-1200 grit), White Diamond (1600-2000) and then finished off with some carnauba wax.

I hope Elroy enjoys them and they help with his colonial style hand tool creations.

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#1 posted 11-10-2018 04:18 PM

This is how the color of the wood naturally, so you can see how the black dye stabilizing changed it.

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#2 posted 11-10-2018 06:25 PM

Your wood treatment really makes an amazing burl. I’m always amazed by what you make and the process you use.

The knife, center marking gauge, and scribing gauge look great.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 11-10-2018 06:28 PM

Thanks for the kind words Earl. The stabilizing helps with the polishing too as it seems to fill voids.


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#4 posted 11-10-2018 08:24 PM

Those are really nice Rich! The center finder is a useful tool. I have one but it is not as nice as yours (mine’s a twobafour with wood dowels). Well done!

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#5 posted 11-10-2018 10:51 PM

Very nice set buddy! That wood is awesome!

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#6 posted 11-10-2018 11:29 PM

Excellent work Rich. All great user tools and well made! That stabilized burl is dead sexy too :-))

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#7 posted 11-11-2018 12:40 AM

Excellent tools. I really need to make a center finder like yours. I like the fact that a standard Ticonderoga fits.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#8 posted 11-11-2018 01:11 AM

And here I thought I was going to get away with just stabilizing wood this winter. Now I’m going to have to figure out how to dye it, too? It’s a beautiful set, Rich.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 11-11-2018 02:41 AM

Dying is pretty easy Dave. Of course different woods color differently. Stabilize it the same way just add some alumilite dye to the resin and let it sit longer. The longer it sits, the darker it should get


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#10 posted 11-11-2018 02:28 PM

Excellent work Rich they’re gorgeous!

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#11 posted 11-13-2018 05:06 PM

Very nice Rich!

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