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Project by kiefer posted 04-20-2013 02:07 AM 2232 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a day of work and made this awl for a friend .
Started with a square walnut centre section and drilled out the centre to fit a power screw driver bit .
Chucked the bit in the drill press and cut a round section to fit the ferrule using a file .
Next I added four walnut wings to the centre section and after the glue had set band sawed the rough profile and squared off the end for the maple cap .
Using file and sandpaper I shaped the four wings to a comfortable rounded profile and the glued on the maple end cap.
Finished off the shaping on the disc sander and drill press .
Finally shaped the screw driver bit and finished with poly .
Turned out real nice and comfortable with a good grip .
Fair bit of hand work in this but well worth the time I spent and now waiting for the reaction of my friend .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 04-20-2013 02:25 AM

Very nice. Like the shaping of the handle a lot. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 03:10 AM

Great awl. Awl you are getting real good at making them!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-20-2013 05:38 AM

I actually have a use for an awl in my marquetry and I think you have just inspired me to make myself a beautiful one like this and discard my 3” nail with the end ground to a cone.
I admire you guys who make the fine little tools but never seem to get around to making any myself.

Thanks buddy!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 04-20-2013 11:21 AM

Beautiful awl Kiefer. It looks like it would be a pleasure to use it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 04-20-2013 04:05 PM

Thats a beauty, love the special grip you made on the handle.
Your frind will be holdeing a fine tool, and be a lucky guy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 04-21-2013 12:03 PM

Looks awlrite with me.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 04-22-2013 02:41 AM

Awl….that’s nice! The nicest one I’ve seen. Good job.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#8 posted 04-22-2013 02:48 AM

One of a kind, nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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