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To start with let me say that I have never cut a dove tail in my life. I love the look of them, but they are too much like work to make. I joined the 2017 LJ summer tool swap, for my first swap attempt and hope I didn't disappoint the poor guy that got my tools, ki7hy, Dave.

I built a set of dove tail tools out of Damascus steel and Birdseye Maple. This set includes a marking knife and a chisel, both with leather sheaths. I also included a 1:6 / 1:8 angle gauge and roller marking gauge. The roller gauge has a pipe cutter blade and the adjustable shaft is from a cable spool bolt. The Damascus steel was hand forged by and acid etched by me. The finish on these tools is Gun blue on the steel to prevent rust and oil based poly on the wood to pop the Birds Eyes. I did "sign" the set by using my laser engraver on the marking knife sheath.

I included a couple bonus items, just because I enjoy making things. First item is a 4 way screw driver. Made from a Rockler kit with a Spalted wood handle. (don't know what the wood type is) ;-) The second bonus item is a skinner sheath knife, this blade was made by me as was the Brass guard. This blade is stainless steel so it will stay nice even in the wild. LOL The handle is Whitetail deer antler and I made a leather sheath. I included a Bobble hanging on the sheath because there is no wood parts in this knife. The Bobble is a piece of Walnut, so the forum police can't complain about it not being wood! Hope you enjoy these items ki7hy!

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They will get years of use Dan. I can't thank you enough. It's like 5 swaps in one!
 

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Awesome set Dan and killer work on the Damascus steel!
 

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Super set Dan, But remember I already seen them when I failed to guess from your teaser pic. Gotta give me credit, I kept a good secret! Love the knife, and I can see where all your advice come from on mine.
 

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Gorgeous work, Dan.
 

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sounds to me you made him very happy.i especially love that knife with the sheath so if your bored id take one,or two!beautiful work buddy.
 

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Wide set of skills producing beautiful stuff, Dan.

Not much woodworking here the last couple of days. Futzing around with a tool holder for the pegboard above the bench, but not much else. Electronics yesterday, food prep today. Oh well, it is a vacation house.

Later…
 

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Nice skill set there Papadan, Dave will enjoy them for years.
 

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Thanks everyone! This stuff is just how I relax, I've always got a half dozen projects going, along with the toys I make all year long for the Salvation army to pass out to under privaledged kids around KY.
 

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Props on the serious metal skills. Lots of people these days say they make knives but you did some nice work.
 

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Nice work Dan, especially on the bobble LOL Just kidding. Woodworking, forging and leather working. That's well rounded and the work reflects that. Maybe too good for your recipient ;)
 

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Nice work Dan, especially on the bobble LOL Just kidding. Woodworking, forging and leather working. That s well rounded and the work reflects that. Maybe too good for your recipient ;)

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Yeah Bill, should have got to know Dave before shipping, maybe an Etsy purchase would have been better. LMAO
 

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Funny guys.
 

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Hey but they look so cool… love em :D
 
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