Mini Projects - Utility Knife Scales, Plant Hanger, Lumber Rack

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Project by Odiferous posted 03-03-2013 11:08 PM 4794 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I originally didn’t want to post any of these as a project, but I’m making myself post them so that I remember where I’m starting from, as well as remind myself that I am actually finishing things from time to time.

I’ve been using a lock-back utility knife as a pocketknife since I first saw one, but I saw this knife at Harbor Freight and my obsession with sharp objects told me it was too cool to not buy. It’s a clone of the “Turbo Knife X”, and I don’t know about the originals, but when I put this one in my pockets my pants tried to fall down—it’s heavy! The sliding piece has some heft to it, but I think the original scales are actually heavier than the rest of the knife.

The new scales are red oak with a couple coats of Danish Oil. I knew the oil wouldn’t seal it completely, but it gave it a little color and is keeping it from splintering. I expected that the real finish is going to come from being in my hand and pocket—it’s a tool. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered a bit of a design flaw…if you have to put much force behind the knife, you end up depressing the slide button with the palm of your hand. It’s still usable, but requires some care.

Plant Hanger
The wife is starting small with the garden at the new house, so I had to come up with somewhere to hang the herbs and topsy-turvy. Everything is intentionally designed low so she doesn’t have to lift the watering can more than necessary (It wasn’t even supposed to be about a foot higher so that the tomato could be in the topsy-turvy with the strawberries. Honest!). There are two 12” pieces of 3/8” rebar sunk into the bottom of the upright to keep it from moving around. Cutting the mortise (can you even call a 2×4 driven through a 2×6 a mortise and tenon?) in the treated 2×6 was interesting—when I went to take the clamps off, I noticed that they had squeezed out a puddle around the clamp pads. That can’t be good for my tools…

Lumber Rack
Need to build another one on each side to store longer pieces, but this gets what I had off the floor. Was feeling great about knocking these out quickly this morning, until I was drilling one of the final pilot holes from an odd angle when I thought, “ya know, I’m probably putting too much press—” SNAP! Oh well—you don’t cry over Harbor Freight drill bits.

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#1 posted 03-03-2013 11:46 PM shop has too many windows to give me a place to put longer lumber…never thought about going over top of them! thanks for the idea

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 01:07 AM

Fine projects…..if thats where ya started….dang…lol

-- 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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#3 posted 03-06-2013 05:04 PM

Love them, well made and very useful projects. Great job!

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 01:58 PM

This knife is all over Pinterest and I love it. Do you sell these, Odiferous?

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