terryR's 2014 Marking and Measuring Swap Tool

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Project by terryR posted 03-16-2014 11:17 PM 2945 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My entry for this year’s Marking and Measuring Tool Swap was a wooden square; made of laminated sections of Osage Orange and Ziricote; and pinned with black Micarta pins. My gift was sent to my LJ buddy, TerryD!

I used the ‘planer trick’ to thin pieces of Osage and Ziricote before gluing up (my thin stock was attached to the 3/4” birch ply with carpet tape, then fed into the power planer).

Even got a chance to use my own wooden square to check Terry’s while in the clamps…would you stick YOUR Bridge City square in there? LOL

For a bonus gift, I turned a marking knife from Ziricote and added a Pfeil blade and brass ferrule. Terry now has a marking knife that matches mine almost exactly! (see photo 5)

I also added one of my small flint knives to the package for special luck. The blade is knapped from Blue Mountain Jasper and the handle is from spalted Mango.

Hope they all bring you luck and good health, Terry.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#1 posted 03-16-2014 11:26 PM

Nice work Terry! Where did you get the brass ferrule. I used to make mine out of brass couplers, but they are all plastic now. I can’t find them any more.

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

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#2 posted 03-16-2014 11:40 PM

Sweet! I want me one of those squares! Great work man! Love the flint knife too, all will be prized possessions!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 03-17-2014 12:19 AM

Wonderful stuff Terry.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 03-17-2014 12:22 AM

Very nice work Terry. TerryD is a lucky guy.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#5 posted 03-17-2014 12:27 AM

Looks great, love the end of it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 03-17-2014 12:41 AM

Thanks guys.
Don, I get ferrules from LV lately.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 03-17-2014 12:44 AM

Terry, your work is truly stunning here. TerryD was fortunate to receive such a great swap item!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#8 posted 03-17-2014 01:09 AM

+1 Jake. Phenomenal work Terry.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 03-17-2014 04:04 AM

Beautiful tools Terry! When you turn the marking knife handle, do you turn the whole thing then assemble or turn the part the ferrule goes on-apply that-then turn the rest of it? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 03-17-2014 04:09 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed Terry! Well Executed also! Thanks for Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 03-17-2014 01:18 PM

Candy, I turn the whole thing at once…starting with the ferrule spot. I turn the lathe off and on repeatedly to check to see if the ferrule fits tightly, than go ahead and shape the remainder. Not as hard as it sounds…

Every shop deserves a small lathe. just sayin’


Edit…hopefully blogs with lots of photos coming in the next week…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 03-17-2014 01:27 PM

Quite the package of tools. Very nice.

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#13 posted 03-17-2014 01:29 PM

Nice looking set Terry, I really like the looks of the marking knifes. In one of the past swaps, I used a Pfeil blade or two, and I think they were pretty nice compared to some of the others I had in my hoarding collection.

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#14 posted 03-17-2014 01:40 PM

Thanks, ya’ll for the kind words…

Yeah, Shane, I’ve been very happy with my pfeil blade (mine is the shorter in the photo). Think I got BOTH blades for only $25, which isn’t that bad to me for an occasional splurge.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#15 posted 03-17-2014 03:55 PM

The pictures don’t do the final products justice!!

I use the square and the knife all the time. The square was dead on when it arrived and has remained so, verified with my Starret as well as marking the inverses. I’ve been using both on my treasure box. So much nicer to use the wood than the metal machinist’s square. Lighter, no damage to wood.

Thanks so much Terry!!

A display for the flint knapped knife is my to do list.

-- - Terry

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