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Project by roy posted 01-06-2008 06:06 AM 3402 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

couldn’t afford carving tools so i made these my self
here is my workshop
the tools are made from a broken file, it is a curved bottom
i used 1” spade wood bits and made 1 curved bottom and 1 straight bottom
a broken screw driver makes a dandy curved bottom carving tool
i hope my adventures will show you don’t have to spend money to have fun
my work bench is a old coffe table with a brace to keep it steady
may peace and love follow you always

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#1 posted 01-06-2008 06:14 AM

Now THAT’s rustic! Way to go!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-06-2008 06:47 AM

Excellent! I admire your resolve and ingenuity!

Looks like a real comfortable spot to work!



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#3 posted 01-06-2008 11:22 AM

What did you make them from? Are they reclaimed chisels?

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#4 posted 01-06-2008 12:39 PM

a happy camper :) I mean woodworker :)
I bet you spend many enjoyable hours in that chair

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 01-06-2008 06:53 PM

If I’m looking at it right, those are limbs for handles… very authentic!

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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#6 posted 01-06-2008 07:31 PM

Great job. I absolutely doing things cheaply. (Just check back on most of my projects to verify that) I think there’s a lot of satisfaction to be had in making your own tools, or restoring old junk into new (to you) tools.
Keep up the good work. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#7 posted 02-08-2008 11:56 AM


-- Jiri

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 11:29 PM

Roy, You are my kind of dude. I’m always trying to make something rather than buy one. If I absolutely HAVE to buy a hand tool, I usually buy one used and refurbish it. Great Job…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 03-10-2009 07:15 PM

I love it! I use a lot of very small files for the violin work I do and never had handles (didn’t think I needed them). I am always picking up wood on the side of the road so one day picked up a magazine stand, busted out some turnings used in it’s making, drilled in the ends (looks like what you did) and shoved in the file shanks. Viola! Custom hardwood file handles.

Did you make the business ends of those things from paddle (drill) bits by any chance?

-- Dan Benson---Hitchcock, Texas......Got wood?

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#10 posted 03-10-2009 07:31 PM

Great! Sometimes a little exposure to mid-19th century ingenuity is good for us.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#11 posted 03-10-2009 09:19 PM

i used paddle bits, regular flat files, screwdrivers, round chain saw files, and i am fixin to make a special set for this fiddle build, , i will use cut nails to make some small chisles. i use tree limbs for handles.
the old timers didn’t have a store to run to when they neded something.
most people loose site of the purpose of working with wood . it is not only the wood but the blood ,sweet, tears, and the heat and steel. and the rock to sharpen it on. i use quarry rock from around the house here in the mts of tn as sharpening stones and my cast iron skillet for the final shaving edge

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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