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Make a sleeve for your X-acto knife quickly and easily. These are super fast projects and use simple scraps. These make excellent gifts for the crafty person you know.

Update:
I made a few more of these. The stubby olive-wood X-acto is by far the most comfortable. The way it fits in my hand seems perfect. If you remove the red handle from the X-act you are left with a stubby little blade holder. you could also cut down one of the regular sized X-acto knives for this size blade holder.
 
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Step 2: Rough it round

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Mount the blank between centers on your lathe. Then, using a gouge rough turn it round. Next, remove the drive spur and install the chuck. Now mount the blank in the chuck.
Remove the live center and install the Jacobs chuck in the tail-stock.

Step 3: Drill the hole for the knife

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Using a 1/2" drill bit and the Tail-stock drill the hole deep enough to accept the knife up to the line on it nearest the blade. Use tape on the bit to mark the stopping point.
Once the hole is drilled, squirt some superglue inside the hole. and using the tail-stock as a press. Press the Xacto barrel into the hole as deep as it will go. If your hole is too deep stop at the line on the knife. DO NOT GO TOO DEEP, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR KNIFE IF YOUR NOT CAREFUL.

Step 4: Finish turn it

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Now remove the chuck and re-install the drive spur and re-mount the piece with the open end toward the tail-stock with the live center.
Finish shape the piece to your liking.
smellytuna1 year ago
These would be excellent wand handles. I do encourage you to create some wands
Heh I thought about Sonic Screwdriver handles
BIVS20001 year ago
Super idea! Thank you for the idea. I'm heading for the lathe today!
SlickSqueegie (author)  BIVS20001 year ago
Thank you for the comment. and I would love to see what you come up with.
Very slick!
thanks :)
amit_sci1 year ago
Wow, great idea! But I was wondering if it is just as easy to work with? Do you find yourself removing the sleeve to work around tough places or is it more ergonomic?
SlickSqueegie (author)  amit_sci1 year ago
The sleeve is glued in place. I stopped the sleeve at the point where your fingers grip and control the cuts so it does not get in the way at all. It actually fits and feels much better in my hand.
I too am interested in the ergonomics. Well done, they are very pretty :D
SlickSqueegie (author)  Pat_Maroney1 year ago
Thank you. they fit quite well and are much more comfortable.
X-acto....learn something :).
You should make a set of those handles and sell them for the basic knife set, I bet people will love them. Great job as usual :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thanks Tarun,
I Think they are a nice little personalization for them. not to mention it makes them more comfortable to grasp. I'm kinda surprised this one didn't get featured. There are no instructables out here like it that i can find. Ah well, you can't win em all. :)
Oh I bet they are very comfortable, my hands sweat while working on precision cutting and then these knives always slips. I wish I can feature this ible for you.
And I wish we were not geographically so far, otherwise I would have been your first customer :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
lol :) go figure!
Did you have anything to do with that?