I decided this seemed easy enough and was a pretty good skill builder. So with an old drill bit and some simple tools I set out to build a marking knife. A marking knife makes measuring and cutting wood cleaner and more accurate. So it will be a great addition to my growing inventory of tools. Enjoy
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
Drill or Drill Press
Dremel and assorted accessories
Some sort of finish
Some sort of wood
A spade bit
Step 2: Pick Your Poison
Step 3: Cut the Bit and Shape
Step 4: The Handle
I marked the top of the wood with an X. I just ran a straight edge from one corner to the other. Not perfect but it works.
Then I drilled a 9/32 hole into the wood. I went about 2 1/2" deep. I used a drill press, but honestly you could use a hand drill.
I then clamped the piece up in my bench mounted shave horse. Basically it is a horizontal vice.
**If there is any interest in the vise I will make an instructable on it.
Once clamped in place I used my draw knife to shave away material. I had not real plan, just started slicing away at it.
**A note about the draw knife- I got it at a flea market for dirt cheap. I paid like $5 for it or less. It had some nicks out of the blade, so i sharpened it up. It works like a dream. I love it.
I eventually got the desired shape and used the sanding drum on my Dremel to bevel the opening by the blade.
Step 5: Finishing the Knife
Once the finish hit the blood wood I was amazed at the color transformation. It turned out great.
I put two coats on it and fixed the blade inside with super glue. I was going to use epoxy, but didn't have any readily available and wasn't going to run to the store. It was a snug fit anyways.
Thanks for viewing the instructable. I hope you enjoyed it and it inspired you to design your own. I plan on making a couple more. I will most likely make the handle much thinner on the next one. I am open to suggestions and any comments.
The Vise used in the instructable.