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Old 10-05-2014, 09:56 PM   #1
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I've been doing some woodworking lately, and it turns out I needed a scratch awl. I didn't have one. But what I do have is a log and a carriage bolt.



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So to work I went. I measured out about halfway down the bolt to turn the handle, drilled a hole down the middle, and bolted her in there. Afterwards, all it took was a few minutes on the bench grinder (wasn't perfect, could probably use a jig), and you've got your very own awl.



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So for a 28 cent carriage bolt, I've got a homemade tool that looks cooler than a store bought one by a mile. I liked it so much I made a few more.

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Nice creation. I would just have grabbed an ice pick.

Is the carriage bolt a harder one than the usual grade?


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Nope, just your average grade 5. Small town, stuff tends to cost more here. And I don't have an ice pick either.
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Nice!

Here's your next project...

http://woodgears.ca/bandsaw/homemade.html
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Man, those do look good, way to go, I like them.
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I made one long time ago from a small no good hard round shank screw driver but it won't hold a candle to yours. In fact it's really ugly.

Have you ever chucked in a variable speed drill to grind? Run the drill lefty loosie.
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I made one long time ago from a small no good hard round shank screw driver but it won't hold a candle to yours. In fact it's really ugly.

Have you ever chucked in a variable speed drill to grind? Run the drill lefty loosie.
That is a great idea, I hadn't thought about that, thanks for the tip.
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That is a great idea, I hadn't thought about that, thanks for the tip.
Thanks BJ

I didn't elaborate but I've been known to grind a point on the opposite end of some projects, put the point in a center hole in a piece of wood to steady the operation with mu other hand. I suppose we could call it a red neck tail stock.

I also often plunge grind, depending on the situation. Need an end threaded? You can take it down to to within the tolerance of a gnat's a$$. Please don't ask how close that is. Probably a local or even possibly a family term.

Sorry Mort about the almost hi-jack.
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........................and I thought that I was overkill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Nice!

Here's your next project...

http://woodgears.ca/bandsaw/homemade.html
Then build the panto-router after that.
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Pretty innovative! Of course you still need a bench grinder and carriage bolts.

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