Forge a Drawknife

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In this video, I overview the rather simple yet labor-intensive task of making a drawknife. Drawknives have been used for centuries for woodworking, and are still used today for a variety of tasks, whether it is drawing down a square into a tapered peg, debarking logs, or carving a stock. The video is easy enough to follow, but feel free to leave comments on the video or on Instructables if you have any questions. I will be sure to reply quickly.



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    4 years ago on Introduction

    I have a few draw knives. Mostly I use them for removing bark, like you say. I've bought all of the straight draw knives I have for next to nothing. 25 cents, up to 75 cents. Most folks have no idea what they are when they have them, and just want to get rid of them. Some kids I bought one off of said to me, it is for cutting tall grass, I was like, yeah, sure. Just hand over the steel and everything will be OK.

    I did pay a fair amount for a special draw knife I have though. A curved draw knife that is called a scorp. They are much rarer than straight draw knives, so I paid heavy for it when I finally came across one. When I got it it looked like the last thing someone did with it was strip paint.

    The sad life that poor old tools lead. My garage is like a rescue shelter for them.

    2 replies

    Right on, brother! Same thing here; buy tools for cheap, wirebrush and oil, and put them to good use. Doesn't matter what tool it is, I enjoy restoring all sorts of stuff. Check out my YouTube channel; just restored a lathe.

    I watched your video. Good for you! I wish I could come across a decent metal lathe for a reasonable price. There's nothing where I'm at now though. There never was anything here. Which is kind of what I like about the place.

    But it does have its downside when it comes to trying to find anything. For what I mainly do needing a lathe doesn't come up for me all that often. I suppose if I had one I'd find uses for it though. I just used my wood lathe to make myself some phenolic bushings for a mandrel grinder that I made a frame for, and a tool rest. I'm sure those bushings would have come out much better if I had a metal lathe to make them on.

    Lathes are tricky machines to run for being so simple conceptually. Do some reading about them so you can get good use out of yours. At the very least you need to know about your tool angle, and the surface speed of work. Once you have that down the rest you should be able to figure out, except maybe for threading. There is a bit to threading on a lathe to know too.

    I am far from a lathe expert but I think you should turn between centers as much as you can. Supporting your work is just mechanically a more sound thing to do. It is easier on everything all around.

    The reason why I went without a temper is because I wanted an extremely sharp edge, and don't mind it being brittle. With a draw knife, there isn't a whole lot of banging or flexing, whereas there would be on something like a chisel, or a knife. As long as you work just wood, the extra hardness should work out for you just fine.


    4 years ago

    me too, man. i can't see the vid. i'm using the app though, lemme try the browser version...