Birdcage Awl

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Project by Brandon posted 11-12-2012 08:09 PM 4567 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a birdcage awl kit from Czech Edge in February and finally got around to turning the handle. The wood was from a nice piece of cherry burl that I received from fellow Lumberjock ClayOrtiz . I think it turned out pretty alright. This will replace some of the other awls I’ve been using till now.

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 08:14 PM

Thats a classy looking scratcher man! Very nice!

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 08:26 PM

I great looking tool Brandon!!

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 08:55 PM


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#4 posted 11-12-2012 09:41 PM

Thanks guys. Maybe I’ll use it to make a birdcage?

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 10:53 PM

Very nice. What do you think the kit?

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 11:05 PM


The kit was great. The directions were clear and the installation of the awl into the handle was a breeze. The quality of the awl seems pretty nice as well, although I haven’t used it much yet. From what I’ve heard about Czech Edge stuff is that the steel is pretty good quality. I paid $20 for the kit.

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 11:47 PM

Great looking little awl Brandon. That looks like something I need to investigate.

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#8 posted 11-13-2012 05:00 AM

nice job do you have a link to buy the kit

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#9 posted 11-13-2012 05:13 AM

Thanks Lance. Here’s a link:

I just bought directly from the maker at a woodworking event, so I didn’t have to pay for shipping. His other stuff is quite nice, too, so you may want to browse the site.

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#10 posted 11-13-2012 02:33 PM

Brandon what is a birdcage awl used for? Very nice turning by the way!

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#11 posted 11-13-2012 02:45 PM

Thanks CC68. The birdcage awl is different from regular awls because it is square, not round. It’s especially useful for boring holes because the square shape cuts the fibers rather than spreads them.

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#12 posted 11-13-2012 06:41 PM

My question is, what are the dimensions of the square sides of the steel from the kit. I should think this could be something fairly simple to make. There are many sources to get square tool steel for rmaking a tool like this. Is it 1/4”, 3/8” square? Larger? Smaller? Inquiring minds need to know.


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#13 posted 11-13-2012 10:01 PM

Doc, it’s a quarter inch. The kit is basically an A2 square piece of steel; a solid brass ferrule, and a few awl condoms to keep the edge and the users protected. It’s be pretty easy to fabricate.

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#14 posted 11-14-2012 04:27 PM

Beautiful tool, this will be a favorite.
Love the wood.
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#15 posted 11-15-2012 01:45 AM

Cool awl. I bet it comes in AWLful handy.

Actually the kit states it is 3/16” square. :)

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