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A project made out of wood! with a metal thingie sticking out of it.

I found a thick stainless cheese knife at TJMaxx for a couple bucks and it caught my eye for some reason. I traced off the desired shape and cut the waste off with a cutting disc in the foredom. I marked off where I wanted the tang to go.



I made successively deeper perpendicular cuts with an angle grinder to shape the tang, then cut the comb to get the shape slope I wanted. I sanded here and there with the Fein until it was generally symmetrical.



Started flattening. The "natural" edge of the cheese knife was a little rounded and wouldn't flatten. I gently shaped past the round with a sanding disc in the foredom. Got the back mirrored on sandpaper up to 2000.



I struck at 30 degrees on the grinder but I didn't like the quality of the edge and I didn't want to lose precious metal, so I switched to a jig on sandpaper.





I flipped back and forth on 2000 until I liked the edge, then I stropped with tripoli.



I fussed around with files and sandpaper until I got the matte finish I was after. I won't bore you with lathe pics but I turned a handle out of cocobolo, popped on a ferrule, and crossed my fingers when I drove the tang home.



Nicest cheese knife I own!

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Right on. Making your own tools is pretty hoss. I made a completely useless wooden cleaver for S&G's and got quite a bit of satisfaction out of it.

Using this one for DT's?
 

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Real nice chisel. You did a fine job on it!!

Jim
 

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Yep, Stef. For narrow half blinds. I have all the requisite skews and some un-restored fishtails. I figured what the hell. I couldn't find a production version that was skinny enough to get into really tight DTs. My Iles come closest but I've been using some 1/16 01-stock that I put an edge on. I hoard all kinds of tool steel waiting for that day when I get a mill. You know how a lot of guys strictly turn after being "bitten" by turning? I'm worried that will happen to me if I get a mill.

Thanks Jim!!
 

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Nice looking tool and having it made yourself will give you pride and satisfaction every time you use it .
 

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Spotting a fishtail chisel in a TJMaxx cheese knife, there has to be a Rorschach articulation in that somewhere. Very cool seeing the transformation, it came out great. You love to polish the wood, obviously, it's pro level.

Always an intriguing venture into your train of thought, thank you for sharing it man!
 

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I like it.

Bud, lose your dream of owning a mill unless you want to make scores of these. (I'm in the same situation) Wear out that Foredom if you can, and don't forget some good ole manual file work
 

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^I know you're right, Terry. Then I'd want a surface planer. Then a CNC for limited work. Then a multi-axis CNC. Hell, maybe a water jet! I like hand tools and hand work. You're right. I need to remember that. Spend my money on some Aurios.

And Tony, it's Christef that does all the polishing but he only does it on round shaft stock.
 

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Nice work. Home made tools are some of my most used tools.
 

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Lovely chisel.
You made it a real Bertha.
The best tools are the once we make.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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Nice,
I think the only thing better than working wood with fine quality tools is when you've made the tools yourself
 

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Thanks guys. I've been using it for a while now and 1) the steel sucks and 2) it works wonderfully. I don't think I'd change the design much, but I'd use something other than TJMaxx tool steel lol.
 
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