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Project by Brian posted 10-04-2011 03:43 AM 4217 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some tools that I’ve made, or re-handled in the shop.

The saddle square and dovetail marker are made from scraps of maple and walnut dovetailed together. I didn’t know how much I would use them until I made them, now I reach for them on almost every project.

The draw-bore pins are made from the champion set of punches from Sears that Chris Schwarz popularized, I handled them with some ash I had kicking around.

The screwdriver set is from Lee Valley, the handles are turned from a baluster blank of canberra I found at my local hard wood dealer for three dollars (he doesn’t have any more, I went back and checked). I used BLO and water based poly for a finish.

The marking knives are made from some high speed steel I got from a neighbor. The handles are walnut and purpleheart.

The turned mallet is a sandwich of maple and purple heart. I didn’t have the thickness I wanted for the mallet and liked the contrast of woods.

The other tools are a re-handled carcass saw that I sharpened and re-set the teeth on. An ash mallet that works beautifully for mortises and non too gentle persuasion, and a couple of the many chisels I’ve rescued and put back to work.

-- Brian, Jericho Vermont

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 03:49 AM

I’m the first. Yeah baby! Oh, nice work. Ive got those screwdrivers on my to-do list.

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 03:53 AM

very nice work five stars id favor this article if i knew how

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 05:29 AM

These are all really fantastic tools.
It must be a blast using your own tools.
I like the marking knives and the saddles best

-- Anthony

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 05:37 AM

Nice looking tools! I think one of the things I like best about making or rescuing old tools is the connection you get with each tool. I seem to have a better understanding of how that tool works and it makes you want to take better care of your tools after all that work!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 05:46 AM

Nice tools. There is something about making your own tools that makes them much more pleasurable to use than store bought tools. I am not sure if its the connection and appreciation you get from all the work that went into them, or the fact that when you make then yourself they are made custom to fit your own hand. Probably both. None the less, great job.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#6 posted 10-04-2011 01:49 PM

great tools.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 02:12 PM

That long marking knife is very handsome!

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

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#8 posted 10-04-2011 03:44 PM

thank´s for sharing …. don´t worry about the green light around you its just us envying you …
great job on those tools
nothing like using homemade tools


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#9 posted 10-04-2011 05:28 PM

Very nicely done. Great craftsmanship.

-- Doug

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#10 posted 10-04-2011 05:47 PM

You will always be able to take pride in tools like this because you have part of your life invested in them.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 10-04-2011 09:43 PM

Beautifull!!! It’s on my fav-list! Gonna make the saddle square too.

-- Bas, Holland

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#12 posted 10-07-2011 09:57 AM

Nice job Brian, very impressive.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#13 posted 10-24-2014 11:12 AM

Chinese man learned (watch and learn )before (get out of way before getting knocked out for making it impossible)or maybe vice verse.

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