Step 2: cut a handle for it

The length of the handle is really up to you.  I watched where I was naturally holding the brush while gluing some paper and marked the handle a bit farther from where my hand sat.  The part that I was left with for the handle of the awl was approximately 4 1/4 inches.

After you cut the handle, you can use some sandpaper to smooth out the ends of the paintbrush and of the awl's new handle.

REMEMBER:  Be careful when using any cutting tool!  Always be aware of how and where are you holding the piece that you are cutting.
<p>I was thinking of making my own awl for leather working, using basically the same approach. The only difference I was thinking was to simply drill the hole in the face of the handle (not the side), and then use some epoxy to set the needle in, instead of a string. <br>I'm still trying to think of a way to &quot;cap&quot; the awl, so that I can put it in a toolbox without having to worry about pricking myself.</p>
This is a great instructable, especially for me as bookbinding awls are very hard to buy here. <br>I have a tip: when threading the thread through the handle and needle, perhaps you can use a beading needle? <br>It is basically a piece of thin wire, doubled over to leave a loop at one end like the eye of a needle - but the difference is, it is flexible, so it can go through a bead. <br>If you can't find a beading needle you could always use a piece of really thin wire. <br> <br>Also, if you have it, upholstery or topstitching thread would be a lot stronger than embroidery thread which is really only for decoration. Sewists are always told never to use embroidery thread for seams because it's not strong enough. Another option might be silk thread which is both strong and pretty. If not, the same waxed linen thread you are probably using for bookbinding would also be better.
<p>waxed dental floss works really well also and its a lot cheaper for way more thread. I've been using it in place of thread to sew everything for 20 years. I rarely ever use regular sewing threads unless I'm using a machine</p>
Thank you! This was a total &quot;duh!&quot; moment. You are so right about the easier way to thread the needle! I have added an <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/make-your-own-bookbinding-awl/step6/an-easier-way-to-thread/" rel="nofollow">extra step</a> to this instructable with photos showing how to use a needle threader... I do not have a beading needle yet both would do the trick. Also, thanks for the suggestions in regards to the thread choice. I used what I had at home yet will probably use stronger threads for my next awls.
Very good
This is the best DIY Awl I have found yet, I am making books for my family for X-Mas, and my store-bought awl is dull. Thanks for the share.
thank you! have fun making the books and do let me know if you have any questions and/or suggestions to make this instructable more helpful.

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