Brazilian Rosewood Awls

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-31-2020 10:41 PM 716 views 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Brazilian rosewood is my all time favorite wood and I am terribly allergic to it. They my buddy ,LJ Doug Scot ,brought over a beautiful piece about 1 3/4” thick and I could not resist to make some awls out of it. My very first one was rosewood.

I did all the machining of the wood with a full respirator on and vacuumed up the whole area when finished.

As like before, these have hardened tool steel points and brass ferrules , but these have 45-70 Govt. cartridges inserted in the back. They are finished with EEE and Shellawax.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-31-2020 10:56 PM

Nice stuff Jim. Short, sweet and to the Point!

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#2 posted 05-31-2020 11:02 PM

Nice!! Those are pretty cool to look at and still very functional.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#3 posted 05-31-2020 11:16 PM

Always a pleasure to see your awls Jim. Rosewood is a perfect wood for turning.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 05-31-2020 11:41 PM

Nice Jim, sure beats the heck outta my ground down screwdriver

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 06-01-2020 12:30 AM

nice work jim.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 06-01-2020 12:35 AM

They always turn out great Jim, like the wood and the finish.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 06-01-2020 02:03 AM

These are nice looking awls Jim, and the wood looks awesome.

If I am nearby I would definitely picks one up.

Thank you for sharing

-- The woodCrafter

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#8 posted 06-01-2020 05:01 AM

+Very flash Jim, I like them


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 06-01-2020 07:51 AM

They are beautiful Jim.
This must be your signature piece.
Love them.
Love the one you gave me years back, still my favorite.
Hope you are good and keeping healthy my friend.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 06-01-2020 08:53 AM

Wow…way too nice to actually use Jim…lol
Nice work!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 06-01-2020 01:05 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I sure hope I can do some shows this year to sell all this stuff that is stacking up! When I get a lull in the shop I make parts that I know I’ll use and the points were already done when I got the nice block of rosewood..

Hi Dave, rosewood is my favorite for making tool parts so I get real excited the some comes my way.Doug has always been my source.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 06-01-2020 02:45 PM

Those are gorgeous, Jim!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 06-01-2020 05:28 PM

Sweet sharp-pointy objects Jim!
Do you do any post-machining heat treat on you steel?

I came across several piles of .45-70 brass near some old RR tracks a while back. Someone told me they use the cartridges in a special tool to blast home the rail spikes. I guess when your .22 concrete nail setter is just not strong enough…

I’d like to see if I have an allergy to rosewood, unfortunately I never seem to amass any significant supply 8^)

Juniper does me in.

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#14 posted 06-01-2020 06:29 PM

Looks familiar….I’m proud owner of one of those…great product! Those looks fantastic in that dark wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 06-02-2020 01:06 AM

Thanks Lew, Bruce and Ivan!!

Hi Bruce. After turning the point I harden them full hard and then draw them back to straw color. I figure they are around 62 Rockwell C.
WOW a 45-70 to drive railroad spikes. High tech compared to a sledge hammer! Did you bring back any of the casings?

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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