Marking Knife Revisited - Happier than the last.

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Project by USCJeff posted 11-08-2011 12:25 AM 1687 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made a few of these over the last month and hadn’t quite got the finished product the way I intended. Pic 4 shows a Mahogany turned knife the works good on small things such as dovetails. It was a little too small and the blade too fine for much else. I decided on a bulkier version to mark larger projects and have a good grip when using it. The Walnut one pictured is a bit on the small size at 5” tail to point. It wasn’t what I wanted for the same reason as the Mahogany one.

The Large Knife ultimately was the best fit. The handle is nearing 6” and the blade protrudes another 1.5” give or take. I used a planer blade and jig saw blades as material for the small ones. I bought a cheap set of lather chisels a while back and haven’t used a few as I have better options. I used a lathe skew chisel for the large knife. I used a grinder to get rid of the original shape of the chisel and then worked the cutting edge to what is needed in marking.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 11-08-2011 04:14 AM

It is always fun to make your own tools. These look like they are just what you would use!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 11-08-2011 11:24 AM

Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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