Making Ornaments #2: A Quick Detour for Tool Making

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Blog entry by woodshopmike posted 02-18-2014 01:43 PM 1175 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Globe Preparation Part 2 of Making Ornaments series Part 3: Finishing Up the Globe »

I know what you’re thinking. Mike, it’s the second post of this series and your derailing already?! I think this is a great opportunity for two things. One, for me to make some small hollowing tools & two, for me to show you how I made them!

Not all ornaments need to be hollowed. In fact, all of the ornaments I’ve made to date have not been hollow. I’ve not been too worried about the weight of them since they’re always less than an ounce and I’ve never had one of my ornaments fall off of a limb because it was too heavy. Nonetheless, I wanted to hollow my ornaments moving forward and thought that this would be the perfect time to do so.

You can successfully make a small hollowing tool out of many different handy materials such as old screw drivers, allen wrenches, files, or nails. I chose to make my tools from 1/4 O1 drill rod I had left over from making my tool rest. I’ll also take you through the heat treating process since the stock I bought is not hardened.

For the full post just go to my blog here.


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